Author(s): Ben McPherson
Alex and his son Max find their next-door neighbour dead in the bath. It looks like suicide, but the police want to talk to Alex's wife. Millicent married Alex for a work permit: that at least has become the myth. The truth is they married for love, but neither wants to be exposed as a romantic. They swear and smoke in front of their son, but that's as far as their rebelliousness goes. The police question Millicent about a bracelet found at the neighbour's house. She admits to a mild flirtation - nothing more. But Max knows things about his mother that no son should know, and he wants to share that burden with his father. Alex starts to wonder how close he came to losing his wife. Part of him is almost glad the neighbour is dead. Then the murder investigation begins.
Ben McPherson is a television producer, director, and writer. He studied Modern Languages at King's College, Cambridge, and worked for many years in film and television production. From 1998 to 2007 he was a director and producer for the BBC. In 1998 Ben met the woman he would go on to marry at the Coach and Horses in Soho. Similarities to the characters in his novel, A Line of Blood, end there.