DM for Murder
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Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year Award 2015. "Riveting." - Peter May. Ten million Twitter followers. One killer. Bryce Horrigan, a Brit made good in America, makes a living rubbing people up the wrong way. He revels in antagonising guests on his TV talk show, and the thousands of death threats he’s received on Twitter are a badge of honour. But when the controversial TV host is shot dead, it leaves the authorities with one hell of a dilemma. After all, where do you start investigating millions of suspectsà Detective Sorrell has to separate the keyboard warriors from the real killer… who begins tweeting cryptic clues. As the investigation and media storm build, Sorrell discovers a British journalist from Horrigan’s past may hold the key...
the happiest moments of his life when he hugged his daughter surrounded by his close work colleagues and a boss he had nothing but the utmost respect for. But Haye was more than just a hard-working and loyal cop; he also had ambitions. The last thing on his mind would be to groom himself for the captain’s job, even though that would be the natural conclusion. Instead, with the permission and blessing of Sorrell, he was seconded to the Baltimore Police Department’s new cybercrime division. There,
Horrigan would work himself up into a rage online over the latest attack on some abortion clinic, or he’d speak in the defence of whatever doctor had had his life threatened for carrying out terminations. Geoffrey scrolled back through Horrigan’s many thousands of messages to the first time the presenter had voiced his pro-choice opinion. It was as if the seasoned broadcaster was dipping his toe in the water to gauge the temperature, to see what sort of response he’d get. His retweets and
all the rage ages ago,’ Connor replied dismissively. ‘I ended up having to Google “fisting”. I had no idea what it was.’ Connor had not expected that. He laughed and said, ‘Do you not remember the comic Julian Clary? He practically ended his TV career when he claimed he had been fisting the Chancellor of the Exchequer.’ ‘Yes, yes, I remember all that,’ April said impatiently, ‘but I didn’t know what it meant back then, either. I mean, how does it even fit?’ Connor decided he’d have some fun.
required. But her luck changed this morning. When she searched for ‘Bryce Horrigan’ and ‘mother’, the very first article revealed that her name was Flora, and that his dad was a solicitor called Donald. ‘Good Scottish names,’ April said to herself. She then tapped in her password to Tracesmart, which held the electoral roll for the whole of the UK. It was the same system used by banks, debt companies and just about any other agency that needed to trace members of the public. Only one result
mother is too insane to stand trial so Pasty will be the only one in the dock for this whole sorry mess. The thing is, I could understand Pasty’s bitterness towards Bryce, but the mum was a bigger psychopath than the lot of them. What makes people like that? What turns them into killers?’ Connor pondered. ‘That’s the million dollar question,’ Sorrell replied. ‘And it’ll drive you crazy trying to work it out. All I know is people do bad shit. End of.’ ‘One more for the road, cap’n?’ Haye