Dominion by Wayne Sharrocks
Posted in the Popular Fiction Forum
#1 Mar 16, 2008
Indelibly scarred by childhood trauma and neglect, Karl Connor attempted to flee the dark shadows of his young life, the horrors that he had experienced, and the inner demons that continued to haunt him. As the past and present collide the brutal reality is that the long slide into violence has already begun, but who could have imagined that his desire for perceived vengeance would have such terrifying results. Young women are being murdered in London suburbs and there is seemingly nothing to connect them to one another, let alone the killer whose charming manner hides a warped and sick mind.Detective Inspector Ross is determined to hunt the killer down, jeopardising his career in the process, as he becomes increasingly alienated and obsessed with finding the murderer. It is a difficult time for him and his depleted team as they find themselves caught up in Karl's deadly game of ruthless vendetta and vengeful murders. Soon their lives begin to run on a parallel, which leaves one of his team in mortal danger.
From the Publisher
'Dominion' is the follow up to 'Redemption', Wayne's debut novel, which was nominated for both The Guardian First Book Award & The McKitterick Prize.
Extract from Chapter 2: DEADLOCK
Due to the gridlocked traffic Detective
Inspector Ross had arrived late at the crime
scene. As he pulled up to the kerbside of the
tree lined avenue he looked up through the
windscreen and watched as a cadaver, on a
wheeled stretcher covered in a thin white body
bag with black straps, was loaded unceremoniously
into the back of the coroner's black van.
The whizzing sound of a police helicopter
intensified in the distance, rapidly growing
louder, shaking him from his stupor.
Previously deep in thought, he now caught
sight of his reflection in the rear view
mirror and could see that his face had turned
as white as the swollen moon above. He took a
moment to compose himself before he swung the
driver's door open. He raised his hand in a
vague wave to acknowledge the two body movers
from the coroner's office as they turned with
a darting urgency from the rear of the van.
Still encased in their white coveralls, they
mirrored his gesture before walking quickly
towards the front of their vehicle.
Detective Inspector Ross remained watching
as they pulled away from the kerb and set off
into traffic. He then glanced over at the
house, which was cordoned off by fluorescent
crime scene tape that fluttered in the breeze
like ribbons from a maypole. An assorted thong
of media types and rubbernecks, some of whom
were now attempting to take photographs on
their mobile phones, had already assembled at
the scene and looked on like a pack of baying
jackals only just being kept at bay by the
increasingly thin blue line.
He blew out a noisy sigh as he continued to
look out of the car window at the unfurling
He was less than thrilled to get a call
like this on what so far had been his first
day off in little over a month, especially as
he sensed that his days at the helm of the
investigation were numbered and such a public
fall from grace would all but finish his
previously fast-track career. At that thought
his jaw tightened and he felt a slight tickle
of electric current go down the back of his
neck, bringing the hairs there to attention. A
knot of anxious tension gripped his stomach, a
subconscious fear of failure...
Available via www.amazon.co.uk
Author: Wayne Sharrocks
Since: Mar 08
#2 Mar 21, 2008
I read this over yule and loved it.
#3 May 24, 2008
Sounds a bit like Lawrence Sanders stuff- is he an influence?
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