"This town isn't what it was. It's now run by drug dealers."
"Did that boy Tyler really run away or are the rumours true?"
"There are hidden forces at work here. Trust no-one."
Moorton is a fictional semi-urban town in the north-east of England and the setting for the Moorton community novels. Written by an experienced social work and child protection manager with a charity and community based background, the existing and forthcoming novels explore social decay through the eyes of residents and professional workers who have to meet their legal obligations against a backdrop of austerity. The Moorton community novels will be of particular interest to those engaged in social work and child care as they explore real social work dilemmas within a decaying urban environment. The books, inspired by true events, will also be welcomed by those who enjoy gritty, realistic, urban drama. They also stand-alone as emotional mystery thrillers.
Tyler was barely fourteen years old when he mysteriously went missing without trace but his memory continued to cast a malign shadow over the troubled semi-urban community of Moorton in the north of England where lives were often not as they first appeared. As a recently appointed officer in a crisis ridden social services department, Paige Emerson's personal and professional boundaries were to become blurred as she was drawn into the fractured lives of those she worked with; some families on the edge of disintegration, others who were prepared to go to any lengths to hide their activity below the sight of even the criminal underworld with a callous disregard for the safety of others, however vulnerable. Then there was Clynton, a seemingly charming teenage orphan, who invited himself into Paige's life and wrapped himself around her family changing it forever as his own past unfolded.
Forces at Work explores contemporary social issues during a time of change and uncertain moral values within a charged political atmosphere and whilst of particular interest to those in the social care professions as it raises a number of dilemmas it's widely accessible as a stand-alone intriguing mystery thriller. "Forces at Work" will be of particular interest to social workers and foster carers as it explores many contemporary social themes and dilemmas faced by workers and carers in the course of their duties, but widely accessible to the wider reading community given its urban thriller themes and turbulent, disturbing conclusion.
Scion, [ sahy-uhn ], noun. A descendant, heir or young member of a family or, An offshoot grafted onto another for survival.
"We'll make a pact, an agreement, that this time next year we'll all have a permanent home."
But the actions of someone hiding in plain sight meant that pledge would remain unfulfilled.
The two disturbed young brothers abandoned by the guardians they believed were their birth parents. The schizophrenic son. The single young mother terrified by her pregnancy. The two teenage friends, one an orphan emotionally trapped in his past, the other looking towards the future after a horrific car crash. The unbalanced teenager intent on revenge. Tragedy unfolds in this heart-warming but gritty urban murder mystery crime thriller as No Place for Scion? follows the traumatic coming of age journeys of a group of disparate individuals whose lives become entwined during their emotional search for somewhere to call home. Written by a former child protection manager, No Place for Scion? explores family relationships and separation and loss against a background of county lines drug dealing and mental health breakdown through which enduring love and friendship ultimately endures, but not for all.