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Death by Decree by Keith Wright
Book Six of the Inspector Stark series.
Available now. Click here to read on Amazon.
Single mum Jane Cooper is forced into an altercation with a woman in a supermarket. It seems quite innocuous, but escalates, and despite Jane’s best efforts to calm the situation, the aggressor is knocked to the floor.
The problem is the woman happens to be one Sharon Brown, the wife of one of the most feared gangster duos in England; Dougie Brown and his maniacal brother Len ‘the bitch’ Brown.
Sharon Brown is more seriously hurt than first thought, and the Brown brothers feel that their name and reputation has been weakened because of the humiliating episode. So, Jane Cooper must be found, and an example made of her. Everyone connected to her is now in grave danger.
Those in Jane’s circle begin to pay the price of her upsetting Sharon and Dougie Brown. Jane is the ultimate target, but she must suffer first.
Detective Inspector David Stark and his team battle psychotic criminals and sinister forces within their ranks to protect Jane and bring the criminals to justice. It is not easy, and when Jane suddenly disappears, the clock is ticking.
In his sixth gritty crime thriller, award-winning author Keith Wright again regales the stark reality of crime, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.
Keith’s books are set in Nottingham in the 1980s – a time before political correctness and mobile phones, DNA and CCTV. It was a different world.
He is married with four children.
Also Out Now: One Oblique One, Trace and Eliminate, Addressed to Kill, Fair Means or Foul and Murder Me Tomorrow, also of the Inspector Stark series, Coronavirus 2020 Vision, and Keith's short story collection - Killing Dad and Other Crime Stories.
The Winner Is...
Murder Me Tomorrow!
We are proud to announce that Murder Me Tomorrow has scooped the prestigious 2021 Independent Press Award for Crime Fiction!
Coronavirus - 2020 Vision. The road to Freedom Day
Keith's stunning diary - written in 3 parts - documents the historic events of the Coronavirus Pandemic, from the first cases reaching Europe to Freedom Day, when restrictions were lifted in the UK. Moving, hopeful and sometimes frightening, but always with a view to documenting the humanity behind the crisis, the diary records Keith's personal and family responses alongside facts and figures, world events and breaking stories.
It is out now, with free samples to peruse here. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.
Reviews of One Oblique One:
'A most promising debut.' Marcel Berlins, The Times.
'It's a good yarn with a very well-crafted plot.' Jill Iliff, Sunday Express.
'A very interesting cast of well-observed characters, many of them pleasingly quirky, and depicts them with unsentimental compassion. I look forward to reading his next book.' James Melville, Hampstead and Highgate Express.
‘The writing is very reminiscent of Raymond Chandler. Wright pulls no punches. If you love a good mystery, Noir, or a gritty detective novel, then you, like me, should love this.’ - The Book Dragon’ (Awarded 5 flames) Aug 2019
‘ from being mindful that some scenes will feel very real, I can only recommend that you explore this author’s work. The pace is good, the plot is realistically layered, procedure is followed, the motive as we discover later on is very probable, and the characters grow on you as you read. Highly recommended reading!’ - Alice De Sturler. USA. 2019. Defrostingcoldcases.com
Fair Means or Foul by Keith Wright
The man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers don't necessarily realise they are killers until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of his own.
The murder investigation into the death of a young girl at Nottingham's Goose Fair throws up several suspects, close to home and further away. The stream of inquiries spirals into a climax, and suddenly another young life hangs in the balance.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team prepare to do anything to stop further bloodshed. They are willing to use any means necessary, whether it be fair means or foul.
In his fourth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.
Reviews for Fair Means or Foul
Winner of the "Distinguished Favorite Award" at the NYC Big Book Awards.
‘The latest of the increasingly impressive series – solidly bedded in the realism of inner-city life.’ -The Scotsman
‘A gripping tale of murder.’ Alwyn Graham Bolton Evening News.
‘Tightly written, with a cracking plot and grittier than a road-digger’s wellies.’ Yorkshire Post