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January 22, 2009

Chapter 16

Charlie wakes up to a surprising situation but is soon summoned back to police duty.

Steph Spiers continues her gritty crime novel. To read earlier chapters please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/illegal_entry/

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last episode of Illegal Entry which will appear in Open Writing for the time being. The manuscript is now in the hands of a publisher.

Steph's wonderful prize-winning poems will continue to appear in Open Writing under the title Got The T-Shirt. We will also be running some of her short stories.

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January 15, 2009

Chapter 15

...‘Control, I’ve found the body. Is that ambulance still on the way? Over.’...

PC Cathy Lewis is the one who finds the body, but the gypsy youth on the scene is saying nothing.

Steph Spiers continues her vivid crime novel. To read earlier chapters please click on
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January 08, 2009

Chapter 14

Bells ring out joyfully across the vale of Letchfield calling people to the Cathedral service – but should Councillor Benjamin Brownlow be in the congregation.

Steph Spiers continues her gripping crime story. To read earlier chapters please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/illegal_entry/

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January 06, 2009

Chapter 14

Bells ring out joyfully across the vale of Letchfield calling people to the Cathedral service – but should Councillor Benjamin Brownlow be in the congregation.

Steph Spiers continues her gripping crime story. To read earlier chapters please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2008/10/sunday_morning_1.php

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January 01, 2009

Chapter 13

...It was hard to put the clumsy fumbling of his touch out of her mind. The hotness of his breath on the nape of her neck . . . The just shampooed smell of his hair. . . The way those Bambi eyebrows went up in the middle when he laughed . . . . How she was missing his . . .

Action girl Barbara Brownlow is in Baghdad, Iraq – but her thoughts are of Detective Sergeant Alan Miller.

Steph Spiers’ engrossing crime novel takes a surprise turn. To read earlier chapters please click on
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December 18, 2008

Chapter 12

Mutual respect is lacking among police who have assembled to investigate the death of a young girl on a railway line.

Steph Spier’s continues her gritty real-life crime novel.

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December 11, 2008

Chapter 11

...Nobody was likely to forget in a hurry what they were witnessing. To their trained eyes it was clear why the dead body had been placed on the line; this was no suicide...

And a grief-stricken DI McGann thinks he knows who the killer is.

Steph Spiers continues her real-world crime story. To read earlier chapters please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2008/10/sunday_morning_1.php

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December 04, 2008

Chapter 10

There’s an abundance of policemen gathered to investigate the death of a young woman – and DI McGann, personally affected by her death, does something he is not supposed to do.

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November 27, 2008

Chapter 9

Miss Charity Middleton, a Home Office Pathologist, arrives to view the body of the young woman – and closely questions DI McGann of the British Transport Police.

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November 20, 2008

Chapter 8

...The DC had sneaked a long appraising look at the naked body together with every other red blooded male in the vicinity. But only McGann had met her when she was still in one piece and breathing. Only the DI had had the pleasure of spending time in her company when her flesh was still warm to the touch. Conroy wasn’t telling Yarrow anything about that...

And McGann is far from pleased when he hears the name of the Specdial Ops officer who will be investigating the deathof this young woman.

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November 13, 2008

Chapter 7

...The others seemed engaged deep in conversation on mobile phones to disgruntled relatives, or annoyed mistresses, judging by the animation, but near the splayed victim on the line no-one was saying very much.

All were in agreement. It was a bad do....

The dismembered body of a woman has been found on the railway line. There are emergency service personnel on the scene – but the senior policeman Detective Inspector McGann seems incapable of taking control of the situation.

To read earlier chapters of Steph Spiers' realistic crime novel please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2008/10/sunday_morning_1.php

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November 06, 2008

Chapter 6

...Down wind, self-isolated, DI Tony McGann was holding himself in check: he sat very still evaluating the scene: trying to make any sense of such wanton destruction. He was staring down on his bloodied knuckles and rocking backwards and forwards, his hunched shoulders moving a few inches either way. A looping mantra was running through his head: I am responsible. She’s dead because of me. It’s my fault. I should have had my head on straight: what was I thinking?...

A body has been found, and Detective Inspector McGann is an unhappy and angry man.

Steph Spiers continues her tough, realistic crime story.

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October 30, 2008

Chapter 5

Prize fighter Joe Bosley begins to face up to the consequences of causing the death of another boxer.

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October 23, 2008

Chapter Four

…Slack jawed, Joe was horrified. The youth crouched over the body was banging both fists into the chest of the prone figure. That scene would haunt his dreams: Manny Lidderdale’s face would stay imprinted on his memory forever. The dead fighter’s brother was doing everything he knew to save any breath of life…

Boxer Joe Bosley and his son leave the scene of the fight in which his opponent died.

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October 16, 2008

Chapter 3

A man lies died, killed by a blow in an illegal prize fight.

Cash-hungry veteran sports journalist Terry Wilson jumps at the chance to tell the world of his witness to death in combat.

Steph Spiers continues her dramatic novel Illegal Entry.

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October 09, 2008

Chapter Two

Veteran journalist Terry Wilson fumbles for the words to describe an illegal prize fight in which a man is fatally injured.

Steph Spiers' violent novel demands you attention.

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October 02, 2008

Chapter One

An illegal prize fight goes horribly wrong. A man lies bleeding to death on
the concrete floor of a warehouse in the outskirts of Birmingham. A Sunday
morning pocket-money warm up bout by the contender for the title King of the
Gypsies and a no-hoper ex-miner suddenly becomes a thing of grief and misery
for all involved. But, especially for the fight promoter, Fergal O'Rourke,
who has already laid out Big Irish's £50K. Thus opens this dark thriller
based in the wild urban hinterland of the West Midlands...

Here’s the opening of an unusual and exciting novel by Steph Spiers which will grab hold of your attention and refuse to let it go.

Steph’s novel will be serialised in weekly episodes every Thursday in Open Writing.

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