The Cold Killer
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It's hard to live when you think you deserve to die…

When a tired old inmate is found dead in his cell, the prison is obligated to investigate and so DI Barton attends. The men he interviews have been convicted of some of the worst things a human being can do, but it appears likely that the death was due to natural causes.

When the house of the dead man is burgled and that crime is followed by a suspicious fire, Barton desperately needs to speak to his widow, but she’s nowhere to be found.

In the space of twenty-four hours, everyone he wants to talk to has vanished. Then he receives some post which makes him believe he could be the next to disappear.

Barton’s investigation goes full circle, through a series of brutal murders, back to the prison, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he’s made a terrible mistake.

There’s a violent killer on the loose, who wants everyone to learn that some people deserve to die.

DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his bestselling series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin.

Praise for Ross Greenwood:

'Move over Rebus and Morse; a new entry has joined the list of great crime investigators in the form of Detective Inspector John Barton. A rich cast of characters and an explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.' author Richard Burke

‘Master of the psychological thriller genre Ross Greenwood once again proves his talent for creating engrossing and gritty novels that draw you right in and won’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking ending.’ Caroline Vincent at Bitsaboutbooks blog

'Ross Greenwood doesn’t write clichés. What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle with believable characters that's spiced with a lot of humour.' author Kath Middleton


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Date de parution 25 novembre 2021
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781800484757
Langue English

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The Cold Killer


Ross Greenwood
Contents



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72


Author’s Note

More from Ross Greenwood

About the Author

About Boldwood Books
For Sharyn Rutterford
1974 – 2021
A loving wife, a great friend,
a fabulous singer, and a wonderful mum.
Dearly missed, never forgotten.
The happy family is a myth for many.
Carolyn Spring
1
DI Barton – November 2019

Barton’s mouth salivated in the queue at McDonald’s. He was next in line and could almost taste the Big Mac meal he was about to purchase. DS Shawn Zander stood beside him, and he was also grinning. When life challenged Barton, Barton headed for McDonald’s, and, at least for a while, all was right with the world.
Barton felt his phone vibrate in his pocket. He slipped it out and answered the call.
‘Detective Inspector Barton speaking.’
He listened for a moment, then frowned.
‘Can you say that again? Did you say sore?’
Barton’s eyes widened.
‘Okay, location, please,’ he said.
He repeated the street back. ‘Westwood Park Road. Is that the address I think it is?’
Control confirmed that it was.
‘Brilliant,’ Barton replied without enthusiasm. ‘Zander and I will be at the house in five minutes. Remind whoever reaches the scene first not to attempt any heroics. Nobody approaches until we arrive. Keep the neighbours in their houses.’
Barton stared at the milkshake machine with pained sorrow, but he’d be back. Well, he hoped he’d be back. It wasn’t every day he took a call like this.
‘Come on, Zander. I’ve received an urgent call.’
Zander quickly strode after Barton and they got in Barton’s pool car. At 11:15 a.m., the traffic was light, meaning blues and twos were unnecessary.
‘What’s happened?’ asked Zander when they were on their way.
‘Do you remember the film, Texas Chainsaw Massacre ?’
‘Yes.’
‘Well, Peterborough might be having one right now.’
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DI Barton

Barton knew, with his colleague’s driving, they would be at the scene in less than five minutes, so he spent the time quickly running through with Zander what Control had told him.
‘Right,’ he said. ‘A woman heard shouting outside her house and looked into next door’s front garden from an upstairs window. She could see her neighbour threatening an old man with what she called an electric saw.’
‘Why are we involved? Aren’t uniform dealing?’
‘They’re en route, but there’s a burst water main next to the car park near the town bridge, so we’ve been requested to attend. They know I’m always interested when it’s to do with Mr Spencer.’
‘How long for Armed Response?’ asked Zander.
‘Twenty minutes.’
The address was well known to both men. Archibald Spencer lived there. He had been one of Peterborough’s most notorious and elusive criminals for around a quarter of a century, and he was a real blot on the department’s record. They’d caught and charged his cronies, cousins, and even his son a few years back, but nothing ever connected directly to the main guy and no one would dish the dirt on him. Five years ago, an ex-girlfriend had grudgingly offered to assist an investigation, but she’d vanished. You didn’t need to be a detective to guess her fate, but Archie, as he insisted on being called, had been in Spain since the week before she disappeared.
‘Let’s hope we get him bang to rights. It’d be weird if we got him for arguing over something like overhanging trees,’ said Zander.
‘Maybe his lovely wife, Poison, has finally driven him mad.’
Barton smiled as Zander curled his top lip at the thought of meeting the delightful Evie. Meanwhile, Barton wasn’t going to count his chickens. It definitely didn’t sound like anything Archie would get up to on his own front lawn. Nothing was straightforward with this man. Decades ago, during a pub brawl, Archie spat in a young PC Barton’s face, which led to Barton giving him a skull-juddering thump. The cheeky prick complained after, which resulted in the CPS deciding not to proceed with the case against Archie. It was only handling stolen goods back then, but Archie soon moved into the big league, and Barton had learned a lesson about losing control.
Westwood Park Road was one of the richest parts of Peterborough City. You needed the best part of a million to live there, and Archie owned the biggest plot, which had huge iron gates to keep everyone out. They were open when the detectives arrived. The drive was winding and bordered by three-metre laurel trees. It wasn’t possible to see beyond them and Barton swallowed as he heard a small engine revving from the direction of the house.
A response van pulled up behind them. Three young men in uniform got out and rushed over. Barton quickly explained the situation and the officers looked nervous once he’d finished speaking.
‘You three stay here,’ said Barton. ‘Secure the street. Shut it fifty metres up each way for the moment. People can drive other routes without too much hassle. Nobody in or out until the ARV turns up. I’ll keep Control up to date.’
Barton grabbed a baton and some PAVA incapacitant spray from the boot of his car and beckoned to Zander to follow him through the wrought-iron gates. Policing was never a fair fight, but this was ridiculous. Still, he suspected that an altercation involving a chainsaw wouldn’t last long, although God knew what scene they would come upon.
They strode down the tree-lined drive, which bent around to the side of a big Georgian house. It was peaceful, just the sound of their footsteps, until the revving started up again, which was now louder and intermingled with shouting. The noise still sounded a little distance from them, and when they reached the end of the lines of trees the two men who came into view were fifty metres away.
Barton hadn’t seen Archie for a couple of years. They knew he’d been up to no good in Puerto Banús in Spain, because they’d heard rumours the drug squad had been sniffing around and Archie’s name had come up.
Archie appeared to have developed an addiction all right, but to food. The years had been unkind, but he was still tall and broad-shouldered. He looked like a bloated ex-pat in baggy chino shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, whereas the white-haired old man opposite him was about five and a half feet tall and frail. His ancient suit hung off his narrow frame but, despite that, he waved the hammer he had in his right hand with real malice. Barton also detected a flash of steel in the left hand. Archie had the chainsaw revving and was prodding it at his foe to keep him at bay.
‘Stay back,’ shouted Archie Spencer.
‘You deserve to die, Spencer. Unless you talk.’
Barton opened his mouth, but closed it again. The scene felt so unreal that it was hard to think what to say.
‘Drop your weapons,’ roared Zander next to him.
Barton and Zander stepped forwards but circled around the two men. The older man glanced over, but Archie kept his gaze and chainsaw pointed directly at his aggressor. Barton was familiar with the look of reckless desperation on the old man’s face, but before he could shout out an order the man turned and swung the hammer at Archie. The saw roared in reply. The hammer arced through the air and Barton cringed when he saw there was a hand and forearm still attached to it. Barton and Zander hurtled forward.
The injured man looked at his stump of an arm for a moment and staggered forward a step towards

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