Welcome to Clink Street’s Spring Reading Week. Today I have for you a promotional post for author Lee Cockburn which includes her book info, a character profile and author info.
Do check it out below:
Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents
Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.
High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.
Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.
Spotlight on Marcus Black
Marcus, I wanted the male character to almost be too good to be true, handsome, muscular and popular, a clean cut family man, somebody many women can only dream of. I would look up to him and respect him myself, he has good values, he is kind, caring and he is incredibly efficient and competent at his job, always striving to be better, and determined to get the right result.
Don’t get Marcus wrong though, he is a good man, who appears perfect in most ways, but when he is pushed to his absolute limit in book two, he is torn by doing what is right and doing what a parent would do to protect their child. He wants to take the law into his own hands and make sure those that have tried to harm his child, get what is coming to them, within the guidelines of the law or not!.
His partnership with Taylor at work is a valued relationship in his life, the trust and respect they have built up between each other has come over time and the experience they have shared, some harrowing, some happy, but always dealt with together. Their work ethics are similar, but their home lives are very, very different, Marcus being a family man through and through, loyal to his wife Maria and adoring of his son David, both being the main focus of his happy home life, which is cruelly disrupted in book two, tearing at their hearts and sending terror into their souls. Marcus has to use every ounce of resilience to fight his emotional despair, to focus on the enquiry to trace those guilty of this unforgivable crime.
Marcus is someone you would always want on your side, a team player that has others best interests, as a priority of his, striving to do the right thing on a daily basis, a respected individual at home and at work, one of lives true good guys, and they do exist in real life.
Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.
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