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Dead Man Calling

Colin Croft

Mike Thornton is the head of Northern Ireland's Serious and Organised Crime Department. In the summer of 2008 three seven-year-old girls are abducted from their holiday homes. They are violated and left to die in remote holiday lets in the North. As head of the investigation, Thornton failed to save the children taken by Peter James Ramsey. Ramsey denied the parents closure by committing suicide before his trial.
Seven years later a young girl is abducted from her holiday home in County Donegal. In a chilling re-enactment of Ramsey's MO, the police receive a ten-figure-grid-reference exposing the whereabouts of the girl. When a second is taken in more violent circumstances, Thornton realises that he is in a race against time, that a little girl's life is at stake and that another may have already been targeted. So who is the stranger with an uncanny knowledge of the crimes of the past and what are his motives?

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Following six years in teaching, Colin Croft joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary. In a police career of twenty-five years, he served in some of Northern Ireland's most challenging places, from the cruel sectarian streets in North Belfast to the terrifying, yet beautiful, hills and drum-lins of South Armagh. On leaving the police in 2006, he undertook a number of international policing projects; in the Balkans, training witness protection officers; in Lebanon, working with government and non-government bodies working on police reform; and in Bulgaria, embedding human rights into police structures and processes, to name but a few.
In 2008, he rediscovered his zeal for writing when his mother fell ill, and he composed short stories of family events and holidays to read to her at night. 
Dead Man Calling is the fulfillment of a promise that he made to his mother and of a long held desire to write his own crime thriller.