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    • 354 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Veterans,
    • World War Two,
    • Art theft,
    • Italy,
    • England,
    • Murder Mystery,
    • A Colin McDermott Mystery

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Ridley's War
When a War Ends the Killing Doesn't Always Stop
by Jim Napier

When Detective George Ridley accompanies his war-vet father Bert to the countryside for a military reunion marking D-Day, he doesn’t expect to become entwined in a murder investigation and a mystery dating back sixty years. But after his father is found unconscious outside the local pub one evening, a simple tumble begins to look more suspicious. When George’s colleague from the Metropolitan Police, Colin McDermott, arrives to help out, the two detectives realize they have a case on their hands. Their investigation leads back to events in Italy during the war, and they discover not one but two crimes that have never been solved. The question is, how can they determine what happened so many years ago, and bring a killer to justice without any eye-witnesses?

"Ridley’s War is an intriguing historical mystery whose clever investigators reveal the moral issues around the spoils of war." - Foreword Clarion Reviews

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An unapologetic Anglophile, Jim Napier has spent considerable time in the UK dating from 1987. After a successful academic career that included teaching crime fiction and creative writing, he turned to writing full time. Since then he has published over six hundred reviews, interviews and articles about crime writers, both in print and on multiple review websites. Along with such notable authors as Louise Penny, Peter James, Sophie Hannah, Simon Brett, Marcia Talley and Rhys Bowen, he contributed to an anthology on the craft of crime writing titled Now Write! Mysteries published by Tarcher/Penguin. Legacy, the first novel in the Colin McDermott Mystery Series, was published in 2017; Ridley’s War is the second novel in the series. The third, Family Matters, is slated for release in 2020.


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