“Bending the Rules”

The latest Jack Shepherd thriller

Avery Wells may have known where a lot of bodies were buried, but he lost his memory when somebody blew the side of his head off as he was sitting behind the wheel of his Citroen Picasso.

Bargain basement solicitor, Avery Wells, is found dead in his Citroen Picasso on the beach at Weston-super-Mare.

The police conclusion is suicide. Avery’s sister doesn’t agree and hires Jack Shepherd to investigate.

Whereupon troubles come thick and fast – courtesy of a billionaire data broker, a dangerous chancer, an uber-expensive QC, a desperate wife, and a vicious, low grade ponce.

Shepherd wades into a sludge of corruption, sleaze and murder; collecting unlikely allies in his daughter, her partner, a murder squad DI and a retired sex worker.

The closed police case morphs into a bitter and violent investigation. And finally, with time running out, Shepherd is forced to confront some very dangerous people.

“The Jack Shepherd series gets better, more passionate and powerful all the time” – Mystery People Magazine

Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Williams & Whiting
ISBN: 978-1912582334

Praise from readers

I enjoyed this Bristol noir – “Closing the Distance” – and was well impressed by the authority of the writing. Jeff Dowson’s style has all the laid back charm of a West Country Walter Moseley.

— Derek Lister