Field of Fire
By Roderic Jeffries
With two state visits within days of each other, Fortrow C.I.D. had problems – especially when there was evidence that an assassination attempt was being planned.
Then there was a murder – so vicious that it could only be a warning to any would-be informer.
Struggling to identify and locate the gang, Detective Constable Kerr had another problem when a car plunged into the Docks, complete with driver – why, on a cold, wet night, were both of the car’s front windows wound down?
Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and was educated at Harrow View House Preparatory School and the Department of Navigation, University of Southampton. In 1943, he joined the New Zealand Shipping Company as an apprentice and sailed to Australia and New Zealand, but later transferred to the Union Castle Company in order to visit a different part of the world. He returned to England in 1949 where he was admitted to the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and read for the Bar at the same time as he began to write. He was called to the Bar in 1953, and after one year’s pupilage, practiced law for a few terms during which time there to write full time. His first book, a sea story for juveniles, was published in 1950.