The Fanatics (The Commander Allan Dice Books Book 1)

| October 7, 2017

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The Fanatics (A Political Hostage Thriller)

‘A really good thriller writer…’
The Daily Telegraph

A terrorist unit brings sudden death to London.

They have instructions to assassinate the two leaders of the new radical CDP (Christian Democrat Party).

After gunning down one CDP leader in his Westminster flat, the pair set off to execute the other but the appearance of the police forces the pair to avoid capture by seizing the Reverend Paul Carpenter and his secretary, and barricading themselves into Carpenter’s flat.

The tension mounts during the siege as the young terrorists, manifestly without scruples, remain oddly calm, while Commander Allan Dice, an aloof, private man with strong principles and a deep misery over his wife’s infidelity, who is in charge of the police operation is all too aware of the appalling threat to the hostages’ lives and the need to maintain a ruthless pressure of doubt in the terrorists’ minds.

And beyond the immediate siege with its vast deployment of police resources there are frenzied repercussions in the corridors of Whitehall and the Kremlin.

The violent and unforeseen climax tests all of Dice’s and the hostages’ courage and moral strength.

The Fanatics is the first of the Commander Allan Dice books.

Press comment on the second of the Commander Allan Dice books, The Washermen

‘Zippy, intricate Chinese puzzle laid out with high laconic skill … very strong on sinister rituals, seamy metropolitan locations and gut-churning beastliness.’
‘Intricate and skilful…Hill is more than a find.’
The Sunday Times

‘Very clever, very nasty.’
Marghanita Laski, The Listener

‘Peter Hill has done it again—a fast-moving, action-packed thriller involving the secret service, the police and underworld criminals.’
Coventry Evening Telegraph

Peter Hill is an author and playwright who regularly wrote for many top-rated British television series including, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Callan’, ‘The Bill’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘Public Eye’, and ‘New Scotland Yard’.

As a novelist he wrote the highly successful Staunton and Wyndsor Series of British police detective novels, The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages. Each of these is a stand-alone novel, with the same two major protagonists.
They are set in various locations in Britain.

These books were previously published internationally by major publishing houses and are now available as eBooks.

Press comments on the author’s other books

‘To follow… the brilliantly inspired tracking of Hill’s two detectives is a joy apart from the brainteasing pleasure of accepting the author’s challenge to identify the murderer.’
London Evening News

‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’
Columbus Sunday Dispatch

‘Lies, gossip,and jealousy fail to deter two of Scotland Yard’s finest in this entertaining mystery with an extra twist or two …or three.’
Pittsburgh Press

‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’
Publishers Weekly

‘… a pair of attractive investigators—the young and aristocratic Leo Wyndsor and the slow-moving but smart veteran Bob Staunton.’
New York Times

‘I’d like to see Messrs. Staunton and Wyndsor in more books. They’re a lot of fun—and they’re good detectives.’
Daily Press Newport News, Virginia

‘Bizarre murder and a full, meaty, thoroughly absorbing account of the investigation …’
The Times

‘A lively sample of the permissive roman policier.’
The Observer

Peter has returned to novel writing after a successful career in television drama in Britain and New Zealand, where he now lives, and Killing Tomorrow, the first of a new series, Evolution’s Path, which depicts a disturbingly realistic vision of the future, is also available as an eBook. The second, The Ladies’ Game, and Procreation the third, have just been published.
They are also available as paperbacks on Amazon.

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