I am a software developer from the south of England and I’m married with beautiful twin daughters. Ever since the early 90’s I’ve wanted to write a novel but work commitments (and having my short stories rejected) meant I didn’t pursue that dream. It wasn’t until my daughters asked me for a story one night last year, and having exhausted their books over the previous weeks I made one up, the tale of a magical creature called The Jambalian. Successive nights bought more requests and so I decided to write some down so that Mummy could take a turn, and as I put pen to paper the old desire returned.

I decided to dig out one of my old short stories and showed an updated copy to a colleague at work, another aspiring author. Her response was “You have to get that published!” so I looked into it and came across Smashwords. I uploaded Recidivist and a much shorter story, Night Stalker with the hope of getting a few sales at 99 cents, but the only way I could get anyone to read them was to give them away.

In the meantime I penned three of the Jambalian stories and uploaded them, but in my heart I wanted to try a full novel, and it was while watching Road Wars on TV that I saw the way career criminals were treated so lightly by the British courts. After a 30 minute chase through busy traffic in a stolen car, the thief – committing crime number 45 – was caught and given a £250 fine and driving ban. I had to wonder what kind of deterrent that was, and the idea formed from there.

From that little seed came Gray Justice, a story I wrote in what little spare time I had. The rest of my story is yet to be told…

 


Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. It tells the story of Tom Gray, an ex-soldier running a successful business until his world falls apart. His young son is killed by a joy rider and his wife, overcome with grief, takes her own life months later.

When his son’s killer walks free from court, Gray decides that the current justice system needs an overhaul, and kidnaps five serial offenders. Parading them on the internet, he lets the people of Britain decide if they should live or die, and the government are powerless to stop him.

Gray believes he has the perfect plan, right down to the last detail, but one man travels four thousand miles to prove him wrong in an explosive climax.

 

Alan McDermott’s Causes:

The British Heart Foundation (http://www.bhf.org.uk): The UK’s heart charity. Their vision is a world where people don’t die prematurely from heart disease.

BHF strives toward this goal through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

BHF was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

Barnardo’s (http://www.barnardos.org.uk): The UK’s leading children’s charity. We run over 400 projects across the UK that transform the lives of children and young people every day. Our work includes:

 

Author Links:

Website http://www.jambalian.co.uk/JAM/Default.aspx

Amazon UK reviews http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B005BSRAZO/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Amazon US reviews http://www.amazon.com/Gray-Justice-ebook/product-reviews/B005BSRAZO/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/72154

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gray-justice-alan-mcdermott/1104561659

iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/gray-justice/id452923632?mt=11

Diesel http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000072154/McDermott-Alan-Gray-Justice/1.html

Kobo http://kobobooks.com/ebook/Gray-Justice/book-0su9AC0T0Eibodu8zyFbTg/page1.html

 

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