Strider Begins - The Road to Nowhere
Meet Chester's best detective, DC Dominic Strider, in his very first murder case. Support author Chris Smith now to get it published!
Detective Constable Dominic Strider – he’s like Inspector Morse meets Men Behaving Badly!
Hi there. I’m Chris Smith, author of the DC Dominic Strider crime novels, set in the beautifully historic city of Chester, in the North West of England.
I was lucky enough to get my first two Strider crime novels published more than a decade ago. They were a minor success, and are still available to download on Amazon Kindle. Until recently, I thought that was it for Strider…..
Then I had a brainwave. I decided to reboot the books and the character, going back to Strider’s roots for my 3rd long-awaited book. To reflect that theme, my 3rd book is called ‘Strider Begins: Road to Nowhere’.
What better way to start the 3rd book than with a BANG!!!! Strider finds a bomb outside Chester Cathedral, set to detonate in just four minutes. With no sign of the bomb squad, the reckless detective has only one option: to pick up the bomb – very carefully – and carry it through the crowded city centre streets before tossing it in the River Dee.
That’s just the first chapter. You have to read this story to find out: who planted the bomb and why? Who killed the journalist and the old lady, and what’s their connection to a treasure lost decades ago? Can Strider catch the bank robbers terrorising the district, and the drug dealer who’s ruining so many local people’s lives? And why exactly does DC Strider dress up as a Roman Centurion to save his best friend’s life?
‘Strider Begins: Road to Nowhere’ is written and waiting to be published. Which is where you come in, my friends. We really need your help and support to raise enough money to get this novel published.
So please click on the link provided and give generously if you want to see this terrifically exciting, thrilling, murder mystery, crime comedy-drama published and in the shops. Everyone who pledges their financial support gets a free gift, whether it’s a downloadable copy of the book, invite to a book signing or more.
I won’t be able to get ‘Strider Begins: Road to Nowhere’ published without your invaluable help. So join the Strider fan club and pledge your support today!
Thank you all in advance for your wonderful love and support – click the Kickstarter link to donate now!
There’s something about Strider….
- My DC Strider crime novels have something for everyone: they’re murder mysteries first and foremost, mixed with plenty of action, drama, a lot of comedy (both laddish and sophisticated), strong characterisation, puzzles and locked room mysteries, and romance too
- You’ll laugh with Strider, grow to love him, fear for his safety whenever his life is threatened by the murderer(s), and you’ll just want to read more about his triumphs, his tragedies and his ongoing crime-fighting adventures
- Audiences already love reading about DC Strider – my first two novels had positive feedback from readers, and I’ve never once had a bad review!
- Read more about my DC Strider novels on my blog
Risks and challenges
Writing is my life - both professionally in my day job, and as a crime novelist. I created the character of DC Dominic Strider when I was just 15 and worked extremely hard for a decade to get the first book written and published (via a small family publishing firm). The second book followed a few years later.
From the start, I've had to work exceedingly hard to find a publisher willing to take on an unknown author and - on my own - to promote the book by arranging book signings, pitching it to customers, etc.
Since writing this 3rd book - 'Strider Begins: Road to Nowhere' - I've been struggling for years to try and convince literary agents and publishers to give me a fair hearing and take a chance on Strider. They are not interested unless you write something that's exactly identical to what's already out there in the market.
But my Strider novels are both genre - and unique. They mix serious crime-fighting with lots of comedy, drama and romance. There are action scenes, thrills and excitement.
Literary agents can't cope with that. They don't care about how many people have enjoyed my earlier books. They don't want anything even slightly interesting...
Well, I'm sorry but that's exactly what I've written, and you - discerning readers - are my brilliant audience.
I VOW that if you kindly pledge your support to me here - in order to get 'Strider Begins: Road to Nowhere' published - then I will reward you with treats such as free downloadable copies, paperback copies, invites to book signings and more.
Your support will help keep my dream alive - to get another gripping, exciting, thrilling DC Strider adventure published and into your hands. So please pledge your support today via this Kickstarter page - I can't do this without you.
Thank you all so much in advance for all your help, support, encouragement and financial support. However much you can give, please give generously, my wonderful friends.
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