Current and future releases of Paul Forster
DS Jim Walsh is an experienced and once brilliant detective who has a tendency to drink far too much. However, what he sees as an innocent habit that doesn’t harm anyone but himself and maybe his marriage, is about to cause him some serious problems.
Waking up with a pounding head and a mouth as dry as the Sahara after another night on the tiles is nothing new and nothing that a few tablets can’t fix.
The bigger problem is the dead girl lying in bed next to him.
In an instant Jim goes from being the lead detective to the only suspect in a brutal murder he has no recollection of, or motive for. Before long he is on the run, as he desperately works to uncover the truth about what really happened that night.
With a mysterious group emerging to frame him for the killing, his erstwhile colleagues hunt for Jim as he tries to keep one step ahead. And with his friend DC Kerry Hughes the only person who believes his story, the odds are stacked against him like never before.
Friendship and trust will be pushed to the limits, along with Jim’s ability to solve the case. But as he steadily closes in on an international criminal enterprise and the real killers emerge, how will Jim exact his revenge on those who sought to destroy his life?
It was hailed as the answer to the obesity epidemic; a pill that allows you to eat anything you like and still lose weight. Millions were attracted by the promise of a leaner, fitter body, but there was a fatal and unforeseen flaw in this new panacea.A tiny microbe, lurking within, slowly infects the users. In turn they pass the infection to others with a sneeze, a cough or a simple kiss, and before long tens of millions are infected and turned into mindless, shambling wrecks, with the sole purpose of existing to eat.
The virus is rampant, reaching into every corner of the globe. Governments collapse and shut down, unable to contain the outbreak, while the army works hard against the unending assault in a desperate bid to stop the dead from total victory. But there are even greater dangers to be faced.
A few unfortunate souls suffer with the hunger of the dead but the mind of the living. They are neither dead nor alive, but something in between; something far more dangerous to the surviving humans. And amidst this carnage of the end of the world, in the south east of England, a small group of survivors are fighting on, against all the odds, as they try to stay one step in front of the dead, trying to avoid being the next item on the menu.
The question is, in a world now claimed by the dead, what will they have to do to survive?
The promised cure for obesity turned out to be the catalyst that made the Black Death look like a quiet Sunday stroll. It infected hundreds, then thousands, then millions, until the world was all but consumed by the ravenous hordes it created. They found their way into every safe haven and fortress and massacred the few remaining survivors at will. Nowhere was safe. Nobody was immune. Nothing was sacred. And yet some resilient survivors remained.
As a few clung on in small groups, somehow evading the death that was all around them, they were hoping against hope for salvation. Then, a chance to save the world emerges with the hunt for an enigmatic scientist who may hold the key for a cure.
But even this piece of good news may have come too late.
In the English Channel, a flotilla of ships keeps the new Prime Minister, her closest advisors, and thousands of desperate survivors away from the madness that is unfolding on land. And here, protected by what remains of the military, the Prime Minister is prepared to do whatever is necessary to maintain her iron grip on power.
Even if it means sacrificing those who remain to new and emerging subspecies of feeders that are becoming ever more dangerous.
Can a cure be found before the last remaining survivors are overwhelmed? Or is it already too late?
When the feeders started to rise, the small English village of Thornhurst believed it was immune to the problems of the towns and cities. The news of civil disobedience, rioting and violent attacks didn't initially seem a concern for a small and traditional place such as Thornhurst. They had a peaceful existence; the old village pub and tea shop being the most lively part of village life.
Then the dead came. Former neighbours and wandering strangers only had one thing on their primitive minds, to feast upon the living.
The simple invention of a weight loss drug had changed the world forever. Fighting off the dead, raiders and dealing with an overstretched army, the villagers of Thornhurst were ill-prepared for this new dead world. This is the story of what happened to Thornhurst, and those that called it home.
A standalone story from the Deadweight universe. Also available now are the full-length novels: "Deadweight" and "The Last Bite".
Deadweight - available from Audible, narrated by the excellent Mark Rice-Oxley:
The Last Bite - available from Audible, narrated by the excellent Mark Rice-Oxley: