Last month I gave you a progress report on The Freeman Files my new cold case series. Well, the first chapters are about to get underway.
The decorators have left the building, at last. A protracted visit it must be said and my wife & I escaped to one of our twin daughters at the weekend. We needed to get away from the place. There was a lot of tidying, curtain fitting and drawers to be re-filled; plus, some actual de-cluttering that required visits to the recycling site.
It’s affectionately termed ‘the dump’ over here. You may recognise the term, but if you didn’t, you get the picture. Where did we get all this clutter from, anyway? We’re both de-stressed now and ready for the next phase of the operation. Meanwhile, the writing life stumbles on.
Let me introduce you to the members of DI Gus Freeman’s team.
Detective Sergeant Alex Hardy is 38 years old, single and confined to a wheelchair. He has been assigned to the Crime Review Team as part of his rehabilitation. Alex joined the police after university and his passion for motorbikes saw him train as a qualified pursuit officer. Twenty months ago, he was seriously injured in a high-speed crash while chasing a suspect.
Alex is adamant he will eventually recover sufficiently to resume active duties. This struggle will form part of the background theme to the six books. Will he achieve his goals? You’ll have to read the books to find out, I’m afraid. I’ll be discovering how far he gets myself. He has mental and physical barriers to overcome and his superiors will need some convincing to alter their opinion that a desk job is as good as its going to get.
Forensic Psychology graduate Lydia Logan Barre is a 25-year-old firebrand. She’s full of righteous zeal, with opinions on every aspect of modern policing. This is bound to put her on a collision course with Gus Freeman and his ‘old school’ approach. Lydia’s birth mother was Scottish, and her father Nigerian. Lydia was born in Edinburgh and adopted at birth by a white couple living in Dundee. She had a happy childhood, in spite of racial bullying at school, and remains close to her adoptive parents. At first, she wanted to be an actress and attended part-time classes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She switched her focus to an MSc at Glasgow Caledonian University, and this will be her first ‘proper’ job.
Detective Sergeant Neil Davis followed in his father’s footsteps. Terry Davis was a DS with the same force back in 2001. Terry appeared in my first novel ‘The Final Straw’. He was already 48 years old then and his career path was firmly at a dead end. He retired to Southern Spain in 2011 and has no intentions of returning to these shores. Neil must face some uncomfortable truths as cold cases from his father’s time are among those re-visited by the Crime Review Team. Neil is 28, recently married, and a rising star on a fast-track to higher things. Unless he’s cut from the same cloth as his father, of course; is he someone Gus needs to be wary of? Time will tell.
That’s the team. What will I be doing until my next update? Getting to grips with those opening chapters of ‘Fatal Decision’ the first book in the series.
I won’t bore you with the list of mundane tasks that remain to be tackled at Casa Tayler. I’m feeling good at the minute. I don’t want a relapse. They’ll all get done, somehow. My wife is confident I can fit the writing in during the gaps. It pays not to argue. Forty-eight years’ experience – in case you wondered. Find out whether I made it in early August when I’m sure there will be other tales to tell.
Take care and best wishes.