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Never Die in January

By Alan Scholefield

They were burying Eddie Twyford south of the river in one of those bleak cemeteries that spread for miles along the Southern Railway: a landscape of marble, dead flowers, and bones…

It’s seems a great shame when a whole life is mourned by just six people.

Detective Superintendent George Macrae and his sergeant, Leopold Silver can’t help but notice the meagre numbers in attendance; themselves, two undertakers, the priest and the widow, Gladys.

Eddie had been George’s loyal driver who had been battling teenage thugs in the housing estates. George tries his best to do what he can for Gladys now that she is on her own.

George is an old-fashioned, hard-drinking, tough copper while Silver is almost his direct opposite; a suave rookie but with keen, intelligent eyes.

George’s ex-wife, Linda, seems fascinated by the new neighbour, Irene.

Irene has become uncommonly interested by the previous neighbour, a young girl who committed suicide… or was it murder?

Meanwhile, Macrae’s past demons come back to haunt him.

An underworld thug claims that Macrae owes him a large sum of money.

Money which George had borrowed from a bookie previously who was now deceased.

With rumours abound of a crooked cop, George must do his best to stay out of the firing line, but what about Silver?

Can he trust his partner?

Never Die in January is a chilling thriller that makes you question everyone and everything…


Alan Scholefield was born in 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa. After leaving university he became a journalist and travelled widely in southern and central Africa, Europe, and America. He now lives in Hampshire with his wife and has three daughters. Most famous for his Macrae and Silver series, Scholefield has also written other novels, including Venom, which was made into a film in 1981.


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