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Carillion; 10 Days

By AlexanderHAHill All Rights Reserved ©

Mystery / Thriller

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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Alexander Carillion, once the golden boy of the Met Police moved to Glasgow after he blotted his copy book down south. Now head of the newly minted Serious Crimes Unit he is dragged back into the world of intrigue and hidden motives that he thought he had left behind. Glasgow is to be graced by the a royal visit in celebration of the immanent investment of many millions into the city by a secretive Chinese hotel chain. Carillion is put in charge of security for the visit, but all is not as it seems and he is soon caught in the middle between the secret services, politics, the police hierarchy and Glasgow's three gangland bosses. Things get more awkward when his ex-wife turns up to lead a team from the secret service. Carillion has ten days to find his way through this tangle of different motives and agendas to ensure the safety of Royalty. As the body count mounts and a betrayal at the heart of Police Scotland is discovered, Carillion races to find and neutralise the mysterious assassin JJ.

Prologue

She lay on a mattress atop a scaffolding platform five metres above the ground. The hand crafted sniper rifle pulled tight against her right shoulder. Through the telescopic sight she could see a cantaloupe on a bird table thirty-five metres away. She squeezed the trigger and felt the rifle kick back through the padding on her shoulder; the sound of the shot echoed through the building.

Her partner watching the cantaloupe through a high speed digital camera, replayed the shot. The more conventional target behind the fruit had a hole above and to the left of the bull’s eye.

“High and left” came through the small earpiece.

“Not a great deal, two centimetres up four left.”

She made a small adjustment to the sight and settled down again. This time the cantaloupe exploded.

“Still slightly left.”

More adjustment to the sight.

The third shot was dead centre.

Five shots and five cantaloupes later they were satisfied.

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