The Killing Pool

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Jonathan Cape, 2013 - Detective and mystery stories - 320 pages
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Detective Chief Inspector Billy McCartney discovers a headless corpse in the scrubland close to Liverpool docks. The slaying carries all the hallmarks of a gangland hit ‚e" a message from the underworld to snitches, cops and rival gangs.

One mile away, a girl staggers into a run-down bar, dazed and confused. The bar‚e(tm)s owner, a career criminal called Shakespeare, cannot get a word out of her.

DCI McCartney is all too well aware that the clock is ticking. The body was one Kalan Rozaki, youngest brother of a notorious crime family ‚e" except Kalan is no criminal. For almost a year his brothers have been under full-time Drug Squad surveillance as McCartney slowly closed the net on their heroin trafficking. McCartney‚e(tm)s chief informant on the case is someone with insider knowledge of the Rozaki clan‚e(tm)s operation...their newly deceased baby brother, Kalan.

McCartney‚e(tm)s investigation into Kalan‚e(tm)s murder peels back layer after layer of a decades-long dynasty of drug smuggling. Each revelation plunges McCartney back into the dark heart of an unsolved drug crime that weighs heavy on his soul. He wants to catch the Rozakis ‚e" badly ‚e" but he wants the shadowy men behind their drug empire even more. The closer McCartney gets to Kalan‚e(tm)s killer, the closer he comes to facing down a lifetime‚e(tm)s torment.

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About the author (2013)

Kevin Sampson is the author of eight novels, as well as Extra Time, his account of a season in the life of a Liverpool FC fanatic, and the moving narrative of the Hillsborough tragedy, Hillsborough Voices. He has also contributed to football anthologies, including Here We Go Gathering Cups in May and Redmen, which he also edited.
Kevin is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and the award-winning LFC podcast, The Anfield Wrap. He lives on Merseyside where he is a long-term supporter of CALM, a charity specialising in the mental health needs of young males.
You can find him at @ksampsonwriter on Twitter.

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