Red Mist delves into detective work
It’s a tough beat for police in South Auckland.
Dan Crowley and his detective squad are under-resourced and over-worked, but they’re determined to catch the bad guys. When danger presents itself, there is no guarantee Crowley will walk away unscathed.
This is a crimefiction novel based on reality written by a South Auckland police detective that goes under the pen name Angus McLean.
It is a prequel to McLean’s popular series, detailing Dan Crowley’s last case as a police detective before he becomes a private eye.
While hunting a vicious gang of armed robbers, Crowley crosses swords with a vindictive new boss and finds himself increasingly disillusioned with the career he loves.
The book, which was previously only available as an e-book, has recently been made available in a paperback and McLean said he could not wait for more people to read it.
‘‘I like that idea of telling a story, entertaining people, telling the sort of story that I enjoy and I like the idea of leaving a legacy behind for the generations that follow me,’’ he said.
McLean said was a good way of documenting a day in the life of a South Auckland police detective. He said that many people mis-interpreted detectives’ jobs, and the book was an entertaining way of informing the public of the reality.
‘‘There is a lot of crime, a lot of serious crime and the perception the public have of cops is a bit different to the reality, and it is definitely different to the reality of a detective,’’ said McLean.
‘‘It’s about telling some of those stories but at the same time, blowing out some of those myths.’’
McLean started writing crime novels after his fixation with 80s crime, cop and private investigation shows became a hobby.
‘‘I am a big fan of 80s tv shows, crime shows, cops and stuff, and I quite like that idea of a snapshot where you can sit down for an hour or two and read something as you would watch a TV show, rather than siting down for an entire day to read something.’’
To get yourself a copy visit writerangusmclean.com
Red Mist gives a real insight into the highs and lows of modern policing, as told by a serving detective.