A DCI Stirling Investigation

Who was the boy on the bridge?

Doug Stirling is accused of pushing a boy to his death. Haunted by the boy’s smile as he slipped from Stirling’s grasp, he must watch powerlessly as a vengeful Ballard investigates the boy’s death, intent on wrecking Stirling’s career.

When a brutal murder is discovered weeks later, Stirling is put in charge of the investigation and uncovers a story of complex, sadistic relationships and betrayal.

Is the boy’s death linked? Is the beautiful Ayesha, the lawyer Stirling has grown fond of involved? Can Stirling find the killer before Ballard destroys him?


About the author


Ray Britain’s debut novel ‘The Last Thread’ follows a highly successful career in policing, so it should be no surprise that it is a crime investigation story and fulfils a long-held ambition to write.

Serving in the Midlands region of the UK, Ray gained promotion to a high rank and worked in many uniform and investigative roles, but the investigation of crime and the camaraderie of investigators was his preference.

As a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) Ray led many investigations, some of which engaged national, specialist capabilities. For fifteen years Ray was also a Hostage & Crisis Intervention Negotiator – a voluntary role – and attended hostage situations, many firearms incidents and numerous suicide interventions, not all of which ended happily. Ray was also a Firearms Commander and those specialist roles were often in addition to the ‘day job’ of leading large, multi-disciplinary teams.

Ray attended the FBI’s hostage negotiator programme in Virginia USA as a UK police representative and other responsibilities took him to India, Europe and elsewhere. He received several Commendations in recognition of his work. Since leaving the police Ray has worked with other criminal justice sector organisations, including HM Government’s Home Office.

Ray’s idea of a perfect day out would involve either mountain walking or skiing – preferably in sunshine and most definitely not at the same time – closely followed by watching rugby. His taste in music is eclectic, he is a great Dad dancer – allegedly – and occasionally sails.

The next DCI Stirling investigation is underway for publication in 2020.


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