FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE COLD LIGHT OF DAWN BY GRAHAM ISON!
Returning yet again to another real life police detective turned author brings me to my friend Graham Ison – one of the plethora of British coppers who have turned their attentions to fictional pursuits. In Ison’s case, his career with Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, he was involved in several famous espionage cases and spent four years at 10 Downing Street as protection officer to the prime minister. He later guarded crowned heads and US presidents during their visits to Britain, and served as second-in-command of the Diplomatic Protection Group, the unit that guards London’s embassies.
This background led Ison to start his writing career with The Cold Light Of Dawn, dragging his hero into direct confrontation with Britain’s MI-5.
As dawn breaks on the coast of Brittany, a retired colonel finds the body of an attractive young redhead.
In the search for her identification the French police pass her picture to the CID at Scotland Yard and it is from there that an enquiry spirals into action. As the facts come in slowly, but surely, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Tipper and his assistant Charlie Markham, begin to form a picture of the dead woman and her life, and it’s a very strange one at that; provoking sympathy on the one hand and revulsion on the other.
The enquiry leads eventually to Whitehall and the highest echelons of the Diplomatic Service, causing the CID to call upon the powers of Special Branch, and even MI5, in their bid to unravel all the strands of this compelling mystery.
Ison has now written 28 novels, including his current Hardcastle series of historical police procedurals, and has written scripts for the British television series, The Bill (slang for the police).
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