Fighting Monsters is the third novel in my DI Hannah Robbins series, which is set in Nottingham in the UK. It revolves around the murder of a gang leader who had, only the day before, been found not guilty of the murder of a police officer and walked away from court a free man.
In the course of her investigation, Hannah has to consider whether it’s possible a cop is responsible for this murder. It’s not something she is comfortable with, but it is a line of inquiry she has to follow.
This storyline was inspired in part by the real-life case of two corrupt Nottingham cops who were sentenced back in 2006. It is inspired only and does not follow their story, but how police officers feel when this happens, is examined.
Two officers in Nottingham were convicted after passing on information to criminals about serious investigations. These investigations included high-profile (in the national press) murders. The youngest officer who received the longest sentence of seven years passed on this information so he could get money off designer suits. It was as shallow as that. I don’t know much about the second officer. I don’t think he was linked to gang that the young officer was, but was caught up in the investigation and had been found to be corrupt.
The young DC had passed his intelligence on to the head of a notorious criminal gang leader who was a violent killer and was subsequently convicted. It was this link that piqued my interest. How someone can do the job that I did, someone that helps and supports people at, often the most difficult times in their lives, can fall into such awful company and their actions be so… well, I can’t get my head around it, still, to be honest.
It’s the impact on the rest of the force that reverberates through that interests me. Other cops worked side-by-side with this DC for years and never suspected a thing. He was a young out-going, friendly, helpful, happy guy. For there to be this other person underneath must have been a complete and utter body blow.
Nottinghamshire police took a massive hit during that time. The public trust in them must have plummeted and morale among officers must have been in a really weird place – to know that such corruptness had occurred.
The positive out of it was that they carved it out. They convicted everyone involved.
People, well, they’re just people and often, when we’re writing, we have to remember that. Even our heroes. They live in the real world (the fictional real world) and we need to remember that the real world is complicated.
You can find Fighting Monsters HERE.
Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?
Detective Inspector Hannah Robbins is called out to the murder of Simon Talbot. Local gang leader who only the day before was released from court a free man, found not guilty of the murder of police officer, Ken Blake.
Now, he has a bullet in his head.
And witness details on his person.
Hannah is up against the clock to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.
But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.
Could the killer be closer to home than anyone would like?