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The Home Secretary Will See You Now

By Graham Ison

When former actress Elizabeth Lavery is found strangled in her bedroom, both the Commissioner and the Home Secretary are called to Scotland Yard that same night because of the political implications of her murder.

The nuts and bolts of the investigation are put into the capable hands of Detective Chief Superintendent John Gaffney of the Yard’s Special Branch. His first task is to try to establish motive. Was she killed by terrorists, a disturbed burglar, a homicidal psychotic, or did she die at the hands of someone she knew?

As the enquiry progresses, Gaffney discovers that the dead woman’s private life contrasts radically with her public persona, and has threatened the reputations of at least one politician, a peer of the realm, and certain elements of the criminal fraternity. None of this comes as a surprise to Gaffney, and any one of the principal suspects could have a reason to murder her. However, the truth that Gaffney unearths is devastating.

Graham Ison was born and brought up in Surrey where he still lives. The son of an artist, and grandson of a composer, he served in the army for five years before joining the police. After spending some time with the CID at Scotland Yard he transferred to the Diplomatic Protection Group and between 1967 and 1971 was Personal Protection Officer to Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. In 1981 he moved back to Scotland Yard as Detective Chief Superintendent. He retired at this rank in 1986.

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