Short-listed for the 2004 Dundee Book prize.
Grim times and crimes in 1985. In strike-torn Yorkshire, a killer is on the loose and all the myths are still in town. From a mining family, Detective... More > Sergeant Terry Ackrington has to race against time to stop the Wolverly Pimpernel murdering more young girls. In doing so, he has to confront and challenge everything he believes in...including family loyalties.< Less
Power in the Darkness
When a bomb rips through Birmingham New Street station all fingers point to al-Qaeda. Two of the bombers are British Asians. But why is the third, who blows himself up on a bus, a white college... More > drop out of Irish parentage? And why was the bomb factory rented by a spoilt rich kid from Dublin with Irish Republican sympathies?
As the investigation unfolds, evidence of a link between al-Qaeda and dissident Irish Republicans is revealed. But who is the marriage broker between these two groups? What is their connection to the theft of hi-tech weapons from an American facility in Oxfordshire?
As the clock ticks down to the next atrocity, a network of individuals, whose paths have already crossed, stumble upon pieces of the jigsaw, while being hunted by powerful but shadowy figures whose sinister ambition is to create a Police State.
The protagonists discover the truth as the complete picture is revealed in a bloody and apocalyptic finale.< Less
This dark and violent action thriller from Roger Cottrell is set in Birmingham and the Black Country. It features a charismatic protagonist - a black cop - Detective Superintendent Alan Kemp. He's... More > a cop on the edge - on the edge of losing his family, his job, and his life. Alone, he must confront his nemesis - the Yardie boss King Jason - in a battle to settle a lifetime of hate and to save everything that Kemp holds dear.< Less
Tobias Slaughter - ex Pinkerton, Communist writer of screenplays and now Private Investigator.
Sounds like an interesting, and dangerous, man to know.
In this masterful blend of historical fact and... More > alternate reality, Roger Cottrell follows the life of Slaughter through three decades and two continents, mixing murders of union officials with the McCarthy witchhunts and the plot to destabilize the British Labour Goverment of the 1960s.
In another world, this might have happened. In this world, much of it did.< Less