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IMPLICATION
2022

A cruel murder, a missing person case, and a string of heists puzzle police

On a misty morning, a jogger spots a burning vehicle in the middle of a Yorkshire field. When they arrive, the fire brigade realise it contains a dead body. Whoever torched the van did so to leave no trace at the scene, and DI Stewart Gardener struggles to identify the remains. Let alone establish the cause of death.

Could the victim be connected to a string of post-office robberies troubling the area, or are they related to a missing person case that’s quickly going cold? The incident room heats up with theories but the more various suspects are identified, the harder it becomes to work out who’s implicated in which crime.

Award winning Yorkshire born author Ray Clark’s new crime novel, Implication, has now been released by his UK publisher, The Book Folks.

In 1995, Ray successfully placed a 3’000 word essay on the author Graham Masterton, with The British Fantasy Society for one of their in-house magazines, Dark Horizons, which saw the start of a long and varied writing career. A book length adaptation, Manitou Man followed in 1998, which was nominated for the World and British Fantasy Awards.

Ray’s previous books in the Northern Crimes series include Impurity, Imperfection, Implant, Impression, Imposition, Imposture, Impassive and Impious have all been published by London based publisher, The Book Folks, as E-Books and paperbacks, with audio books published through WF Howes. Further publications include another cross genre novel, Resurrection, and the author’s stand-alone novella, Ryder On The Storm, in 2019, a collection of short stories including three from the Northern Crimes series.

Implication sees detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly called out to a van fire in a field, because the fire brigade has discovered a dead body inside. What follows is a nightmare; everyone is a suspect, and no one is telling the truth: or it seems that way.

Synopsis

A cruel murder, a missing person case, and a string of heists puzzle police

On a misty morning, a jogger spots a burning vehicle in the middle of a Yorkshire field. When they arrive, the fire brigade realise it contains a dead body. Whoever torched the van did so to leave no trace at the scene, and DI Stewart Gardener struggles to identify the remains. Let alone establish the cause of death.

Could the victim be connected to a string of post-office robberies troubling the area, or are they related to a missing person case that’s quickly going cold?

The incident room heats up with theories but the more various suspects are identified, the harder it becomes to work out who’s implicated in which crime.

Can you solve the mystery before the detectives?

Implication is the ninth standalone book in a bestselling series of mysteries by Ray Clark featuring DI Stewart Gardener and DS Sean Reilly. Each book has only a one-word title, beginning with the letters IMP.

Three of Ray’s stories have previously been nominated for awards, including Purple Rain, by The Writer’s Digest for best short story of 2007 and Promises To Keep, short-listed and given an honourable commendation by The Tom Howard Foundation in the U.S. in 2009. In 2019, Ray reached the semi-final of the Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Award in the U.S. His story, Lost And Found, paid tribute to the creator of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling.

“Implication pretty much started close to home. The inspiration for the book happened one morning as I was driving out of the village where I live. I suddenly spotted a Ford Transit parked up at the side of the road. Most other people would simply drive by and forget about it. But not me, I started to wonder why it was there, and what was inside; the result of that was another book. The imagination can be such a curse.”

Implication is available in the Kindle E-Book (99p) and paperback (7.99) formats from Amazon, and can be ordered from traditional and independent bookshops; also from The Book Folks website, and links from the Author’s own website.

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Competition Time

For the chance to win a signed NORTHERN CRIMES copy of book 9, please answer the following question correctly…
(UK Participants Only)

In Ray’s standalone novella, Ryder On The Storm, there are three short stories, featuring Detectives Gardener & Reilly from the Northern Crimes series. The titles of the short stories suggest that the author is paying tribute to one of the world’s greatest crime writers. Who is that?

Competition Time

For the chance to win a signed NORTHERN CRIMES copy of book 9, please answer the following question correctly…
(UK Participants Only)

In Ray’s standalone novella, Ryder On The Storm, there are three short stories, featuring Detectives Gardener & Reilly from the Northern Crimes series. The titles of the short stories suggest that the author is paying tribute to one of the world’s greatest crime writers. Who is that?