A key found in the stomach of a brutally murdered former detective is set to unlock the mystery behind the killing of a young women 30 years ago in South Yorkshire.
It sounds like the script for a Hollywood movie. And it soon could be.
It’s the synopsis for Secrets Of The Dead, the third in a series of crime thrillers, featuring lead character DS Hunter Kerr, created by former CID inspector, now best-selling author Michael Fowler, aged 55, of Swinton, Rotherham.
The married father of two imagines Spooks star Richard Armitage in the lead role and actress Angela Griffin as sidekick DC Grace Marshall.
For now he is pinching himself at being number four in the Amazon British detective charts this week.
His books, in print and e-book formats, are attracting fan mail from as far away as Canada.
They are also helping to put the Dearne Valley on the map.
Heart Of The Demon, followed by Cold Death and now Secrets Of The Dead, are set in Barnwell, a mix of Barnsley and Wombwell. He name- checks real places, including Harlington, Great Houghton and Hoyland.
Michael said: “The publisher I write for is linked to producers of film and they always have first look at the books. Fingers crossed.
“Hunter Kerr is 95 per cent me, with a bit of an alter ego. The experiences are mine. Lynda La Plante inspired me – she got the police procedure side of things spot on and that’s how I write.”
* Michael was book signing at WH Smith Meadowhall at noon on Saturday, September 28. He is at Sheffield’s Off The Shelf book festival, at Frecheville library, at 10.30am on October 11, then Chapeltown library about his book Safecracker at 2pm on October 22.