Red Mist delves into de­tec­tive work

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - RUWADE BRYANT Red Mist, Red Mist

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.

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