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Today I’m on the ‘Chloe: Lost Girl’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Dan Laughey, but b
About the Author :
Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.
A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected somehow.
Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his fellow officers get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?
Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, etched by the police sergeant Dryden on a misty window moments before he breathed his last. Soon it becomes clear that Dryden’s clue has brought the past and present into a head-on collision with the very heart of Sant’s profession.
Racing against time, D.I. Sant must find out what’s behind the mysterious events – before the bodies start piling up.
Guest Post :
My first crime novel, CHLOE: LOST GIRL, starts like this:
Name: Chloe Lee
Age at disappearance: 20
Missing since: September 9
Missing from: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Chloe did not return to her student accommodation on the night of Saturday 12th September. She left all her property at her Belle Vue Road address. There are concerns for her welfare. Her mother, who has left the country for an extended holiday, lives at an address on Dufton Approach, Seacroft. Chloe is known to frequent the city centre as well as Leeds University. She is described as white, 5ft 11in tall with long black hair. When last seen she was wearing a light blue hooded top and black jeans slitted at the knees. She can call or text Missing People in confidence any time.
I was inspired by reading similar notices of missing people on police websites, in local newspapers, and on posters dotted around bus stops, train stations and other public places.
Most mystery stories start with the usual cold-blooded murder, or at least, the aftermath of that cold-blooded murder. But in many ways a missing person is even more mysterious than a murder victim. Maybe not as dramatic, but equally as lost to humanity.
Someone who goes missing is often feared dead or treated as if they were dead, but there is always that slight hope of the unexpected reunion. It’s also true to say, arguably, that a missing person poses more of a problem to police investigators than a corpse. If that missing person is an adult and there are no suspicious circumstances behind their disappearance, then human rights legislation discourages any justification for starting an investigation. What happens is either nothing, or something, eventually, after months or years during which the authorities decide whether to prioritise a particular case over all the hundreds of others they’re dealing with on a daily basis.
This is precisely the dilemma that faces Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his team when they encounter the case of Chloe Lee. Is she really in a spot? Or is she just a young woman breaking free from the restraints of her childhood years, in search of adventure, the unknown? Sant wants to believe the latter, but his fatherly instincts tell him that Chloe is just as vulnerable at twenty years of age as she was a few years before, only now she’s crossed the threshold from protected minor to citizen of the world… a world she knows little about, full of shady characters rearing their ugly heads out from the seething underworld that lies beneath.
Will it end badly? Of course, as the author of all I create, I know exactly how the story ends… up to a point, at least. But no story ends without leaving behind a whole host of potential openings for the next one, and the next one, as good sequel writers know all too well.
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