The second
crime thriller in the John Ray / LS9 series is now out. I very much like the
cover, although in my defence I might say that I didn’t intend for my name to
be QUITE so prominent.

Nevertheless, the design really captures the mood of the
book, and the moors depicted on the cover in fact feature towards the end of
the book. [For anyone interested, the image is of the Cow and Calf rocks on
Ilkley Moor.]

Something
that a number of readers noted in HOPE ROAD, the first book in the series, was
that the character of John Ray took an unsuspected turn in the resolution of
the novel, and that this was not altogether welcome. FATHER AND SON goes some
way towards addressing the question of John’s character in this respect. I
think this is one of the most satisfying aspects of writing a series, in that
issues can take longer than a single book to resolve.

For
foodies, sorry to say there’s no jamón
ibérico
this time, just a dish of gumbo (which remains uneaten).

Meanwhile,
the playlist is: Mahler, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Gypsy Kings and
Bananarama. A mixed bag, then…

Oh, and
there’s some death, too.