Demon’s Fire is the third instalment in the crime thriller series featuring DS Taylor Nicks and DC Marcus Black.
The City had barely settled back to normal when the sky turned orange as flames licked upwards and smoke billowed out from a quiet industrial estate in Edinburgh.
Blood-curdling screams of those trapped within were muffled by the sound-proofed room as the women climbed desperately over one another to try and escape, their efforts futile against their prison walls, their captors slain where they sat, bullet holes in their heads.
Human trafficking, prostitution, drug dealing, kidnapping, violence and murder hidden in plain sight in Edinburgh City Centre.
Drug dealer Burnett’s grip on the city has no limits, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that remains the case.
Nicks and Black struggle to secure evidence against him within the confines of the law, but an enemy of Burnett, hell-bent on revenge, doesn’t have to play by their rules.
A thrilling story of crime and retribution, good versus evil, Demon’s Fire will have you on the edge of your seat as the tentacles of despair take hold of your emotions.
Hearts are broken and others mended as the tale gathers momentum, the lives of the officers forever entwined by fate.
Information about the Book:
Title: Demon’s Fire (The DS Taylor Nicks and DC Marcus Black Series #3)
Author: Lee Cockburn
Release Date: 7th November 2019
Page Count: 322
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
A day in the life of Author – Lee Cockburn
My day usually starts less that 5 hours after the end of the one before, at all times of the day, bed-times range from 0700 in the morning to 4 am in the morning, missing out only 3 hours that are left alone. No matter what time I go to bed, I will be up at 7.30 to get my two 9-year-old boys up, teeth, hair, clothes, breakfast, coffee, cut fruit, make pack lunches, go to the loo, and walk to school, and if I’m night shift, then I have to stay up after my shift to do the morning routine. If I haven’t been night shift I will exercise, and either write or take my mum for lunch, possibly shop and clean the house. After all that, it’s time get the boys from school after 3pm, then transport to clubs and activities, make tea, clean up after tea, have half an hour to myself and then the bedtime routine begins. Eventually once that’s all done, I get downstairs about 21.30 hours either to sit for a little while and have a cup of tea before bed on an early shift, or if nightshift I would have left an hour earlier for a nightshift or the last option I’m not there at all, as I am backshift until after midnight, getting to bed after 0100 hrs to do it all again at 07.30. My fit bit tells me regularly that my sleep quality is very poor and short, but these are the sacrifices we make to spend time with the children. In the summer-time we can add hours of gardening, chopping and weeding to my list of chores.
Unfortunately, I clearly don’t have time to write every day, or week or even every month, as it all depends on the many other commitments in my life, and I never let my writing take time away from the children. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am due to have a major knee operation soon, where I will try and utilise the time off sick to write for longer.
Once in a while I will see Emily, my civil partner of nearly ten years, when she rolls over in the dark to say hello after a back shift, and she leaves for work before I get up as she is leaving for her work, time together is limited, 4 days off together every five weeks and these days, that are not guaranteed if our rest days are cancelled. There are many days when we don’t see each other at all or even chat face to face, although face time is handy for bedtime with the boys.
Holiday time is precious, as we get to spend 24 hours a day together as a family which is special, then back to reality when the worst days limit my time with the children to one hour and no time with Emily as she doesn’t go to school!
Family is the most important thing in the world, but the lack of time from working the professions we do, just highlights the issues and problems faced by us with shift work. That is why I cannot write regularly, as the children come first, and we need to work to live and it is only when I am backshift or days off, that I write, but never weekends, that’s family time, thus the length of time it takes to write a book. My life is hectic at the best of times and like many I’m just so busy and pretty tired quite a lot. ;-(
Lee Cockburn is a serving officer with Police Scotland with over nineteen years’ experience, both front line and specialist. She is a Sergeant carrying out Acting Inspector duties, working in Edinburgh City Centre. Lee has been involved in drug raids, large scale disorder and serious incidents with high levels of risk and violence. As a six foot one, ex-international rugby player with eighty-one caps for Scotland and the British Lionesses, she is ideally suited to helping serve the public and preventing crime. Lee lives with her civil partner Emily and their young sons in Edinburgh; their boys are three months apart in age, with Lee and Emily both carrying a son. She is the author of Devil’s Demise (2014) and Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents (2017), both published by Clink Street, and has been widely featured in the media, including BBC Radio 2, Daily Record, Evening News and The Herald.