You’re Next By Michael Fowler r@MichaelFowler1 @caffeinenights #AuthorSpotlight

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It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.
But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.
Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.
Meanwhile, James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.
Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…

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Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.

His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr.  He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.

Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.  

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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You’re Next – Michael Fowler
Character Spotlight: Scarlett Macey

| Who is Scarlett Macey?

Scarlett is a 34 year old Detective Sergeant in The Homicide and Serious Crime Unit in The Metropolitan Police

| The Inspiration for Scarlett’s Character

My DS Hunter Kerr character, from my other crime series, is based on me and my career, and so I wanted to see if I could create an interesting, strong, female character, purely from my imagination.

| The Creation of Scarlett Macey

My granddaughter is called Scarlett Macey Fowler and I love the name

| About Scarlett’s Character

Scarlett wanted to be lawyer, but whilst taking her degree her parents were murdered, and her younger sister, who fled from the scene of the murder, became the suspect. Scarlett was convinced her sister was innocent, but the only way she could prove that was to investigate, and so she joined the police to get access to the information so she could conduct her own enquiries.

Scarlett has flaming red hair, wears too much make-up for her role – much to the annoyance of her line manager, DI Hayden Taylor-Butler – loves rock music and rides a classic Triumph Bonneville motorcycle that she calls ‘Bonnie’. She is quite strong-willed and determined, yet is vulnerable in relationships. She doesn’t always make the right decisions, and she is a constant thorn in the side of DI Taylor-Butler, who is an old-school detective and hates the fact that Scarlett joined the police as a graduate entry on the ‘fast-track scheme. He is determined to screw up her career and there is lots of friction between the two.

| Does she have any similarities with anyone ‘real’?
 If so .. tell us more!

None. Scarlett came from my imagination and I am still developing her.

| What do you like most about Scarlett?

Her spontaneity and unconventional look.  

| What do you dislike about your protagonist’s character?

She puts up with DI Taylor-Butler’s snide comments and sexist behaviour.

| Would you and Scarlett be friends ‘in real life’?

Absolutely. I would love to go to a concert with her.

| What’s Next?

Scarlett finally faces James Green in the courtroom, and she learns some uncomfortable facts about her dad, who was a former Metropolitan Police Detective before being murdered. Was he corrupt?

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