[Blog Tour] Vengeance by Roger A. Price

by Roger A. Price



Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker. Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done. But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.

Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police. He was called in when they received the information about the impending hit. Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess. And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston. He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.

Christine Jones is a TV reporter. She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer. They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional. But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Vinnie agrees to keep her in the loop.

Meanwhile, Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She makes contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.

Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother in law’s funeral.  As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger. And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?

Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, this is must read for crime fans everywhere.

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‘I have to agree Charlie, the kill looked sweet,’ Quintel said, enjoying the confused look on Charlie’s face, ‘you see; I was in the woods watching.’
‘Well, you know the job’s been done then.’
‘The trouble is Charlie, what you’ve brought me here is a pig’s heart.’
Charlie hesitated before he answered, and Quintel saw uncertainty in his eyes.
‘Look man—’
‘No bull,’ Quintel interrupted, before Charlie could continue.
‘Ok, it’s a pig’s heart,’ Charlie said, continuing, ‘but you saw the kill. I just didn’t fancy cutting his heart out, it would take ages and cause a lot of mess, so I thought I’d bring you this instead, just to make it easier, not to rip you off or anything.’
‘I’d like to believe you, Charlie.’
‘How did you know?’
‘I got the nickname “Butcher” not because of my sunny outlook, but because as a youth I worked in an abattoir for a while. Though it does no harm for people to think otherwise.’
‘I’m sorry, Mr Quintel, it was unprofessional of me, but I just wanted to get out of there as soon as I could, you can understand that, surely?’
‘If that was true, then why did you move the body into the woods, if not to remove the bastard’s heart?’
Charlie didn’t answer.
‘Unfortunately, I left as you were dragging the body from the car; I wished I’d stayed a bit longer now.’
‘Why is that?’
‘Because I’ve got a funny feeling, if I had, I’d have seen Reedly walk out of that bloody wood.’
‘Wait, no way, you saw the hit. You said so.’
‘I saw his windscreen shatter, that’s all. If I ask Jason to go have a look now, what will he see?’
Charlie suddenly threw himself backwards into Jason, knocking him off balance. He turned and started to run for the door, but his head looked too far in front of him and without free arms to counterbalance he went down hard. Before he could get up Jason was on him, again impressing Quintel with his sprightliness.
‘Bring the bastard back here.’
‘Yes, Boss.’
‘And hold him down, this time.’
Quintel watched as Jason dragged Charlie by his collar and slammed him face down on the end of the desk.
‘Please, Mr Quintel, I’ll make it right, if you let me,’ Charlie said, as he turned his face onto one side towards Quintel.
‘Hold his head still.’
Quintel waited until Jason had finished. He stood astride Charlie, one hand on his neck, forcing it against the table, and the other on his head, keeping his face flat.
‘And how the hell do you propose to do that? Not only is the bastard still alive, but he now knows he’s at risk, so will be almost impossible to get at. What did you do, blow us out for a double pay day?”
‘No, no nothing like that, they were on to me, made me go through a mock-up, said I’d get some sort of immunity.’
‘I learned many years ago to trust my premonitions, which is why I brought this with me,’ Quintel said, as he produced a short-handled machete from behind his desk. He moved around to the end of the table.
‘No, for God’s sake, I’ve got a family, I’ll do—’ Charlie started to say.
Quintel’s axe cut off his sentence and nearly severed his head. One fast downward hack was all it took to achieve both. Quintel and Jason sprang backwards, away from the resultant jet of blood, like demonic acrobats. Quintel smiled, he’d not lost all his butchering skills.


About the author

My name is Roger A. Price a crime fighter turned crime writer. I used to right the wrongs but
now I write the wrongs. Ok, enough with the puns, but I do love language and playing with it, I guess all writers do.

I spent over thirty years in the police retiring as a detective inspector in charge of a covert undercover drugs unit which achieved national acclaim. I served on various units and squads and saw service across the UK, Europe and beyond. I can’t write about those events but I can base my crime fiction writing from my many experiences of them. Some of which were good, some not so good.

My first two novels are in the ‘Burrows and Lee’ series; ‘By Their Rules’ and ‘A New Menace’ and chart the adventures of Jane Lee and John Burrows in their work for the secretive ‘Special Projects Unit’ where they take on the bad guys with no rules of engagement.

‘NEMESIS’ is the first in the new ‘Badge and the Pen’ series which follows the fortunes of detective inspector Vinnie Palmer who finds an unlikely ally in TV news reporter Christine Jones, as they chase common threats but from very different agendas. This book was an Amazon Bestseller for a while in Canada and Australia and has received rave reviews in the UK.

‘VENGEANCE’ is the second outing for Vinnie and Christine in the ‘Badge and the Pen’ series where they both face the most unlikely of threats, as they race to save lives.

I have also had a couple of short stories published and am trying to write for TV whilst currently also working on my next Badge and the Pen novel.



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2 thoughts on “[Blog Tour] Vengeance by Roger A. Price

  • April 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Fiona, thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog today, it is much appreciated, and thanks for featuring the competition too, cheers, Roger.

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