I am delighted to be today’s stop on the book tour for; Extreme Prejudice by Gordon Bickerstaff. This book sounds brilliant, I can’t wait to share an exclusive excerpt with you all. Firstly, thank you to Zoe at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite.
About the Book
Extreme Prejudice by Gordon Bickerstaff.
Genre: Action, Thriller
A foreign embassy official warns the UK government of a bomb attack on London. Zoe Tampsin’s Lambeth Group team is launched into a race against time to find the terrorists.
As Zoe unpicks the details, she suspects the informant didn’t tell her the whole story. With time running out, her team chase a promising lead only to have it wrenched from their grasp. Either the bombers were incredibly lucky, or they received a tip-off.
One of her team infiltrates the bombers. She discovers the attack has started, and her colleague Gavin Shawlens is missing, presumed killed by the terrorists.
While searching for Gavin, a massive disaster unfolds. Can Zoe stop colossal loss of life in a small community and prevent the collapse of a key pillar of society.
He opened his hand, palm up. ‘Give me what you have.’
His impatient, stony-faced expression didn’t deflect her.
‘You cannot stop me from running this story. My paper is working on a series of exposés backed by harrowing tales from Cartwright’s former clients. We intend to follow these with a national campaign to demand legislation to outlaw these scams. Cartwright’s lifecycle is ending.’ She waved an index finger through the air. ‘Time for you and your merry men to look for new jobs.’
‘Last chance. Hand over what you’ve got.’
Showing him her defiant face, she leaned forward. ‘If I refuse?’
With a dangerous edge to his voice, he said, ‘This camper will explode, destroying you, your friends, and everything in here. Tragic end to your fake news.’
She sat back to reflect. Threats are an occupational hazard for investigative journalists. Over the years, she faced down more intimidating people than Black. Kacey engaged Black’s eyes for a handful of seconds, trying to decide if she heard a genuine threat. He was too nice. She figured he was bluffing and blurted a loud mocking laugh.
Black nodded. Peaty holstered his pistol and pulled a small cosh from under his jacket. He hit Jeff on the shoulder, making him squeal. He aimed a more powerful swing at the back of Jeff’s left hand. The crack of breaking bones drew Kacey to the edge of the door to see what happened.
Jeff collapsed on the ground, whining and trembling. Clutching his broken hand in his other. Peaty repositioned himself and raised the cosh to strike Jeff’s head.
‘Stop it,’ Kacey said to Black.
He nodded, and Peaty lowered the cosh.
She returned to her seat in the van. ‘Everything I have is in Jeff’s cameras.’
Peering at the wing mirror, Liam watched Peaty attack Jeff. Earlier, he noticed what she did seconds before Black arrived. Fearing he would be next for a beating, Liam screamed. ‘Kacey! It’s over. Give them what they want.’
She shifted her gaze to Black, and nodding a disappointed head, she said, ‘Okay.’
Reaching inside her knickers, she retrieved her phone and handed it over.
He accessed the phone. ‘Password?’
‘98934dmc,’ she replied.
Black handed the phone to Peaty, and he took the phone to the BMW.
Using a laptop, Peaty accessed the files. Five minutes later, he returned to Black’s side with the laptop and showed him the screen.
Black examined the detail, then shifted concerned eyes to Kacey. ‘You’ve been a busy bee. Date stamps on these files start three days ago. You started working for us six days ago. There are three missing days.’
She threw him a confused look.
Black raised his voice. ‘Don’t fuck with me, McCain. We can’t block this lane for much longer. In one minute, your photographer will never hold a camera in his hands again. Then we’ll start on the driver.’
She pushed her shoulder-length hair behind her head and picked at an Elastoplast dressing behind her ear. She pulled it off and held it in her palm. Embedded in the gauze was a phone micro memory card. ‘That is everything.’
About the Author
I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish universities where I did research on enzymes, and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen, and took up a mightier fiction pen.
I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.
The Lambeth Group books follow the secret government investigations of undercover agent Zoe Tampsin. A strong female protagonist with courage, determination, and guile. She works with specialist consultant, Gavin Shawlens.
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