Sunday, 16 September 2018

Hunter's Revenge by Val Penny

Title: Hunter's Revenge
Series: The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #2
Author: Val Penny
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Publication Date: 9th September 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: 
DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend's death is revenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold.

Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George's home so intense?

Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify George’s killer.

When a new supply of cocaine from Peru floods HMP Edinburgh and the city, the courier leads Hunter to a criminal gang, but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough, and local gangster, Ian Thomson, to make his case.

Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taut crime thriller.


Jamie Thomson meets his mother's lover Lenny The Lizard Pratt when he is going into the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

      Jamie was on his way back to The Western General Hospital. He had to get his arm checked to see if the pins were holding. It was irritating him that he couldn’t drive. Everything took so much longer when he had to use public transport. Still, he had now got the knack of buying a day pass on the buses and jumping on and off them just like the old folk did. It was all right for them; they got some kind of coffin-dodgers’ bus pass that got them free bus travel. It wasn’t fair that he had to pay for his ticket.
      As Jamie got off the bus, inside the hospital grounds, he started to look around to see exactly which way he should go. Then he caught sight of The Lizard walking up from the car park carrying a bunch of corner-shop flowers. Jamie got his bearings and walked away, head down, ignoring the bully who had overseen the breaking of his arm. It was his bowling arm. He might never throw a strike again, but at least he could lift a pint with the other one.
      But The Lizard must have spotted him, because he called out, “Jamie, young Jamie, good to see you. Your mam’ll be right pleased I’ve seen you out and about looking so well.”
      “Was she right pleased you broke my fuckin’ arm, ya bloody wanker, Lizard? Out of my way, or I’ll put this cast to good use and shove it down your throat.”
      “Now, that’s not a nice way to speak, is it lad? I had nothing to do with your poorly arm. If you recall, it was Brian Squires who did that. He has an uncontrollable temper.”
      “That’s not quite right though, is it, Lizard? You were there. You’re the boss and you ordered Squires what to do. We both know that Brian Squires couldn’t wipe his arse without being told what to do by you, Lizard. Why were you so worried about that old car, anyway?”
      “No reason, lad, no reason.”
      “Well, word on the street says it was blowing a snowstorm in that Volvo, and your name was all over it. If they’re right, that would explain a lot.”
      “Don’t believe all you hear, Jamie, lad. It might not be good for your health,” The Lizard sneered menacingly.
      “Piss off, Lizard.” Jamie nipped into the hospital and went straight to reception so The Lizard couldn’t follow him and punish him for his cheek.

      The Lizard growled after him, but did not follow Jamie. The lad was not worth any grief to him today, but he didn’t like the sound of that rumour the lad had heard.
      Lenny The Lizard turned into the Anne Ferguson Building and took the stairs up to Ward 51 He did his best to keep fit. His mother was receiving treatment for her heart, and that weakness might be hereditary. The Lizard had no desire to make an early exit from this world. He and Janice were having way too much fun, even if that did come at a high price. No wonder Ian Thomson had got into robbing banks; that woman was an expensive luxury.
      Every time he went to visit his mother, he was more and more impressed by the patience and dedication shown by the nurses. They had told him not to expect too much, but his mother thought she was on the mend. Who was he to disabuse her of that? The poor old bat looked so frail. He knew she wouldn’t be getting home any time soon. He knew that she wouldn’t get out of hospital until care could be put in place to allow her to continue to live at home. So he gave her the flowers, and pretended to listen to her grumble about the food, the draught from the window and the uncomfortable bed.

Author Bio:

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats.

She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her first crime novel, 'Hunter's Chase' set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, 'Hunter's Revenge' was published on 09.09.2018.


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