Today is my stop on the blog tour for Simon Kernick’s new book, The Bone Field, and I have a great post further down for you all! Here’s all the bookish info first:
About the book:
When the bones of a 21-year old woman who went missing without trace in Thailand in 1990, are discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire, an enduring mystery takes on a whole new twist. Her boyfriend at the time, and the man who reported her missing, Henry Forbes, now a middle-aged university lecturer, comes forward with his lawyer and tells DI Ray Mason of the Met’s Homicide Command that he knows what happened to Kitty, and who killed her.
So begins a hunt for the truth that will focus on a ruthless crime gang, a rich, dysfunctional family with a terrible past, and a highly ambitious man so cruel and ruthless that he must be brought down at any cost…
The Bone Field is out TODAY! Click HERE to pick up your copy!
About the author:
Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He talks both on and off the record to members of the Met’s Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.
Read on to find out about one of Simon’s newest characters…
CHARACTER BIOGRAPHIES: RAY MASON
BIRTHNAME: Wilfred Piers Webster (changed by deed poll to Ray Mason in 1995)
BIRTH DATE: March 1977
BIRTH PLACE: Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK.
SIBLINGS: Two brothers, James and Oliver, both deceased.
EDUCATION: Dauntseys School, Wiltshire 1988-1995
1995-2004 British Army
1995-1998 Royal Anglian Regiment
1998-2004 1 Military Intelligence Battalion
2004- Present Metropolitan Police
2004-2009 Special Branch (now Counter Terrorism Command)
2009-12 Serious and Organized Crime Agency (SOCA)
2012-15 Counter Terrrorism Command (rank Detective Inspector)
2015-2016 Ealing Murder Investigation Team
Known in the media as ‘The boy in the burning house’, Ray Mason witnessed the murders of his mother and two brothers, Oliver and James, at the hands of his father, when he was only seven years old. He was forced to jump from a second floor window to save himself while his father perished in the flames and, although he escaped serious injury, the mental scars have stayed with him ever since.
Subsequently, he was brought up by his mother’s brother and his wife, and inherited the family estate at the age of twenty-one, a total of two million pounds, making him financially independent. However, against his uncle and aunt’s wishes, he changed his name by deed poll to Ray Mason, and joined the British army, serving as an infantryman in the Royal Anglian Regiment before transferring to Military Intelligence in 1998.
During his time in Military Intelligence, Ray served tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan, and in 2003, he was involved in a sting operation against a Saudi radical looking to buy nerve gas for Al Qaeda, which ended with the radical and a number of other people being killed. The operation, which took place in the Turks and Caicos Islands, was covered up and Ray was forced to leave the army, even though he’d obeyed orders and acted in self defence.
Ray went on to join the Met, and during his time there he’s mainly been involved in both Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime, helping to secure a number of high-profile convictions. Three years ago, there was an attempt kidnap him at gunpoint by a gang of three would-be jihadists, which failed when Ray disarmed one of the men, shot him and the other gunman dead, and arrested the third member of the gang. Although Ray was cleared of any wrongdoing, a private prosecution was brought by the families of the dead men, something which hung over his head until it was finally thrown out of court in early 2016.
Late in 2015, Ray, then a Detective Inspector in CTC, was involved in an unofficial operation that left two of his colleagues dead. Although the operation led directly to the foiling of an imminent terror attack, Ray was suspended from CTC and eventually demoted to Detective Sergeant and transferred to Ealing Murder Investigation Team, where he’s currently working when The Bone Field begins.
I have a copy of this on my TBR, so make sure to keep an eye out for that review! And also, make sure to catch up on the blog tour for some great content!