A DCI Stirling Investigation

Who was the boy on the bridge?

Accused of pushing a boy to his death in a failed suicide intervention, DCI Doug Stirling is suspended from duty. Attacked in the media and haunted by the boy’s enigmatic smile as he let go of Stirling’s hand, he must look on helplessly as an incompetent colleague intent on destroying him investigates the boy’s death, supported by the vindictive Deputy Chief Constable, McDonald.


About the author


Ray Britain’s debut novel ‘The Last Thread’ published in September 2017 follows a highly successful career in policing, so it should be no surprise that it is a crime investigation story and fulfils a long-held ambition to write.

Serving in the Midlands region of the UK, Ray gained promotion to a high rank and worked in many uniform and investigative roles, but the investigation of crime and the camaraderie of investigators was his preference. As a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) Ray led many investigations, some of which engaged national, specialist capabilities. 

For fifteen years Ray was also a Hostage & Crisis Intervention Negotiator – a voluntary role – and attended hostage situations, many firearms incidents and numerous suicide interventions, not all of which ended happily. Ray was also a Firearms Commander and those specialist roles were often in addition to the ‘day job’ of leading large, multi-disciplinary teams. Ray attended the FBI’s hostage negotiator programme in Virginia USA as a UK police representative and other responsibilities took him to India, Europe and elsewhere. He received several Commendations in recognition of his work.

Since leaving the police Ray has worked with other criminal justice sector organisations, including HM Government’s Home Office. Ray’s idea of a good day out would involve mountain walking or skiing – preferably in sunshine and most definitely not at the same time – closely followed by watching rugby. His taste in music is eclectic, he is a great Dad dancer – allegedly – and occasionally sails.

The next DCI Stirling investigation is underway for publication in 2018.

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