Few tears are shed when an ex-boxer and local hard man is found dead in a disused railway signal box.
When DCI John Blizzard is called in to investigate, he discovers no shortage of people who would want the bully dead. But getting any of them to come forward proves difficult.
Having interrupted the opening day of the public display of a steam engine that DCI Blizzard lovingly helped restore, few are keener than he to see the perpetrator under lock and key.
It transpires that the victim once gave a man life-changing injuries with a cruel sucker punch, thus Blizzard’s colleagues think they’ve found a likely suspect. But the veteran detective is not so sure. In fact, the real culprits might be much closer to home.
Probing deeper into the web of lies that surrounded the man’s life, Blizzard might have to confront unpalatable truths that shatter his nostalgic view of the city’s past.
Set in the fictional port city of Hafton in northern England, THE RAILWAY MAN is a traditional British whodunit with a thrilling contemporary twist. The novel is the third title by John Dean to feature the burly, no-nonsense detective, John Blizzard, a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Other books in the series, in order of publication, are: THE LONG DEAD and STRANGE LITTLE GIRL.
John Dean is the author of several other crime fiction titles. Look out for his DCI Jack Harris novels, and those featuring detective Danny Radford, which he writes under the pen name John Stanley.