Friday, 18 January 2013

Blog Tour – ‘Nowhere To Hide’ by Alex Walters

Today I'm delighted to host the 4th part of Alex Walter's blog tour for his new book 'Nowhere to Hide'. Unlike most blog tours where the author is interviewed, in this tour it's the characters. 
So here we go...

Welcome to the ‘Nowhere To Hide’ blog tour, in which you’ll get to read exclusive interviews with the characters from the book. In this post we’re talking to Hugh Salter, the character everyone’s got their eye on.

Name: Hugh Salter

Rank/Job title/Occupation: Principal Officer, Investigations

Why are you so important to the story of ‘Nowhere To Hide’?

Because I’m the boss, I suppose.  I’m where the buck stops.  I have to make the tough decisions about how we prioritise the case-load, and which officers we assign to which missions.  It doesn’t always make me popular, but then not everybody sees the big picture.

I have to watch my back.  When you’re newly-promoted, you know some people will be out to get you. Tall poppy syndrome. And I’ve heard the tittle-tattle about me.  Not that I pay it any attention. I risked my life to get where I am, with a bit of help from Marie Donovan, and I exposed my ex-boss, Keith Welsby, as the bent copper he always was.  So I know how good I am.

And now I just have to keep things on the straight and narrow.  Make sure I keep Donovan under control, and finish the job I started. 

What qualities do you appreciate most in a work colleague?

Reliability.  Loyalty.  I want to know that, if I turn my back, it’s not going to end up with a knife in it, literally or metaphorically.  I want people I can depend on.  It’s all about teamwork.  If the team’s working well, then it makes me look good.  People think I just look out for Number One.  I don’t deny that but if I can drag my way up the greasy pole, there’ll be plenty of people keen to scramble up there with me. 

What’s your life/work balance like these days?

That’s a joke, obviously.  I don’t have a life outside work.  Not so’s you’d notice, anyway.  That’s just the way it is if you want to get on.  There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy myself once I’ve got the status and the money to make the most of it.  In the meantime, I’m too busy keeping one step ahead of the rest.

Which other character from the book would you least want to be stuck in a lift with?

Oh, God.  Keith bloody Welsby, obviously.  Apart from the fact that the lift would stink of cigarettes and stale booze, I don’t want to have to spend any time with him ever again.  It’s true what they say.  There’s nothing worse than a bent copper, and Welsby’s the worst of the lot.  Just an old school thug, without two brain-cells to rub together. 

Who would you like to play you in the screen adaptation of ‘Nowhere To Hide’?

Hah. I’ve no idea.  I don’t watch TV or films much.  Someone told me I looked like that guy, Stephen Campbell Moore.  Played the young teacher in The History Boys?  Watched it on TV out of curiosity, but couldn’t see the likeness myself.

What music do you like to listen to when you’re not on duty/at work?

I don’t listen to music much, either.  If I’m in the car I’m listening to the news, or I play audio-books.  Management stuff mainly.  They don’t teach you how to manage in this business.  They just assume you can do it.  So that’s another way I’m keeping one step ahead.

What is your favourite sport?

I’m a cricket man, if anything.  Used to play till I got too busy.  Decent bat, and a cunning leg-spinner.  On a good day, batsmen couldn’t read me at all.  Never knew what sort of ball was coming from me.  Don’t have time for that these days.  Try to play a bit of chess.  Used to be good at that, too.  But these days I can’t find anyone who’s willing to challenge me.

About the book:

‘On the North Wales coast two people traffickers are brutally murdered; a drug dealer is mown down in inner-city Stockport and in a remote Pennine cottage a police informant is shot dead. Seemingly random, these murders are the work of one professional hitman.

Reluctantly, Marie Donovan takes on another undercover role and finds herself working with DI Jack Brennan, a high-flying detective with a tarnished career. Soon, mistrustful of each other and their superiors, both begin to suspect that they are mere pawns in a complex game of criminal rivalry and police corruption.

As Marie struggles to uncover the truth, she realises that nothing is as it seems. With every move, she draws the threat ever closer until ultimately the killer is watching Marie herself. Out on her own, she finds herself with no friends, no-one to trust and nowhere to hide.’

‘Nowhere To Hide’ is published by Avon HarperCollins, and you can buy it here.

The first post in the blog tour, an interview with Marie Donovan, can be found here.

The second post in the blog tour, an interview with Jack Brennan, can be found here.

The third post in the blog tour, an interview with Lizzie Carter, can be found here.

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