Excerpt from “The Final Cut” DCI Miller #5

Miller 5 “The Final Cut”
#Kindle release date 27/11/2017

Somebody has started viciously attacking DWP staff in Manchester. It looks as though the brutal, “life-changing” assaults are connected to the sadistic, systematic “sanctions” and “work-assessments” which are ruthlessly taking away benefits from the most vulnerable people in society, leaving them with nothing.

The public are appalled by the crimes, although many believe that this kind of retaliation was inevitable.

DCI Andy Miller and his team are going to have to dig deep and come up with something extra special in order to put a stop to this madness, as the sheer scale of the DWP’s vindictive treatment of the poorest comes into the spotlight, and becomes the nation’s biggest talking point.

THE FINAL CUT, the 5th DCI Miller adventure. Release date Monday 27th November 2017

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Miller 1 is “One Man Crusade”
Miller 2 is “Neighbours From Hell”
Miller 3 is “Road To Nowhere”
Miller 4 is “Gone Too Far”

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EXCERPT FROM THE FINAL CUT:

Part of the trick that had been pulled in turning the nation against the poor was the demonization of council house tenants. Most of the UK’s council housing stock was built in the years following the second world war. Hundreds of thousands of smart new council homes were built, the mantra at the time was “homes for heroes” as the government looked for new ways to create jobs, create affordable, good quality housing, and of course, provide nice new homes for the British people, as the old Victorian slums were cleared.

Council homes were, and still are, extremely good earners. They have all paid for themselves dozens of times over, and they provide excellent, self-sustaining income to their local councils. There is not a Town Hall in the land that would say that the local council estate wasn’t a nice little earner. The vast majority of people who live in council housing are nice, decent, hard-working folk who go out to work and keep themselves to themselves, watch Strictly or X-Factor on Saturday night, and try and get away for a fortnight every summer, just like everybody else in the UK.

But as part of the war on the poor, the same TV shows that have incensed tax-payers about “their tax” going towards ciggies and tattoos, and boob jobs for the lazy bastards, also set their sights on council tenants, tarnishing them with the same brush. In historical terms, this is a very new thing, a brand new phenomenon, where the UK media has tried to shame council tenants about the fact that they live in a council property. It began in London, where TV crews would show workless families living in rented council accommodation, pointing out to their viewers that young professional families were paying two thousand pounds a month in rent, for a place that wasn’t as big or as nice. And it wasn’t fair.

In a relatively short time, between 1979 and today, the housing system has changed. At the end of the seventies, 42% of the population lived in a council house. Today, that figure is only 8%. Of those 8%, there are undeniable instances of “out-of-control” people who blight their local communities. But in the main, the media have succeeded in convincing the other 92% of people in Britain that council house tenants are up to no good. Using rare examples of individuals who trash their homes, create anti-social problems, and who live chaotic, troubled lives, the establishment has managed to tar all council tenants with the same brush. It was utterly ridiculous, in exactly the same way that suggesting all 1980’s TV personalities were child molesters, would be.

But, if you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth. And as the UK struggles to find enough housing to contain its growing, ageing population, the fact is that millions more council homes will have to be built. Whether the UK’s media will demonise all of the future tenants as they do today’s tenants remains to be seen. But no other policy highlights and illuminates the government’s complete and utter contempt for the poor than the “bedroom tax.”

This policy was, in theory, a way of making better use of council housing stock. The stock was in short supply, as a result of the 1980’s policy of selling the council houses off at discounted prices to tenants, in the biggest pre-election voter bribe that the world has ever seen. It won Thatcher another term in office, but it also wiped out the nation’s council housing stock practically overnight as tenants bought their council property for a fraction of the market cost.

No more council houses were built, at least not in any serious numbers. The resulting demand on council housing waiting lists became overwhelming, and a new industry was born. Buy to let properties, where private landlords bought up streets and streets of run-down properties in the worst areas of town, in many cases from as little as £500 per house. The “Victorian slum clearance” had gone full circle. There were many that were sold for as little as £1, because of the amount of work that was needed to make the property fit for human inhabitation. These new landlords were delighted with the deal. They could offer sub-standard houses to the local councils to rehome people into, for astronomically inflated rates, and without the usual rules and regulations that went with a secure council tenancy. It was yet another win for the rich, and another blow for the poorest in society. The Tory idea to sell off the council houses in order to gain working-class votes was the gift that kept on giving, and the fact that a third of the nation’s MPs are private landlords today, and that 309 Conservative MPs voted against the “fit for human habitation bill” lays testament to this fact.

In 2010, the nation was facing a council-house shortage, and consequently, the bedroom tax idea was born. The idea was simple enough. If you are on benefits, and you have bedrooms that you don’t use, you would now have to pay an extra subsidy on each room. This meant that a sixty-two year old woman living by herself in a three-bed house was now facing an extra forty pounds a week cost. The idea was that she would surrender the big house and move into a little one-bedroom property. The basic theory made sense. But there was a problem. There were no one-bedroom little properties. There were just hundreds of thousands of poor people in big houses, being charged a ridiculous subsidy on spare rooms. There was no alternative accommodation for them to move to, they just had to stay put, and pay the extra subsidy, whilst the government ignored the gargantuan flaw in their plan. Rather than show some humanity, hold their hands up and admit that they’d got it wrong, they simply lied and lied about what a great success it had been.

This policy was just another example of how disgracefully the government have treated the poor since 2010. The roll out of the Universal Credit was said to be the “box-set” of benefits, a new simpler, easier to navigate system for the most-needy in British society. The small print however, is that from the date of registering for Universal Credit, which would cover unemployment, or disability, or income support, an applicant will automatically wait six weeks until their first payment. Not only is that impossible to sustain human life, but it is also negative in trying to find rented accommodation as no landlord is prepared to wait six weeks until the first payment. As though this was all part of a sick joke, the government set up a phone number for Universal Credit applicants in need of an emergency payment, which costs 55 pence per minute to call. It all seemed like a very sinister, dark, satire sketch show based around rich people being deliberately cruel to poor people.

Sadly, this was no sketch show. This was the reality of life for millions of poor people, whose crime in the eyes of the state, was to be born with nothing.

Now, after seven years of this sustained, unforgiving and wholly unchristian attack against them, it had become clear that somebody out there had snapped. Somebody, somewhere had had enough, and was kicking back. Whoever that person was, it seemed that he was so desperate to highlight the injustice of the war on the poor, that he was prepared to seriously maim the people who were at the coal-face of delivering the hatred. This was a deplorable way of trying to attract support for a campaign, and even to those who had the greatest sympathy for the appalling way that the British poor were being treated, there was an insurmountable sense of disgust and anger about the attacks, and a steely determination that the perpetrator of these sadistic, cold-blooded crimes was not going to achieve anything by this, come-what-may.

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THE FINAL CUT, the 5th DCI Miller adventure. Release date Monday 27th November 2017

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Gone Too Far : DCI Miller 4

DCI Miller is faced with a head-ache and a half in the latest Manchester based adventure GONE TOO FAR.

Kathy Hopkirk, the nation’s most detested “celebrity” has disappeared.

Famed for her outrageous remarks and nasty observations about ordinary people in the street and stars from the showbiz world, Kathy has always taken great delight in grabbing the headlines and causing as much controversy as possible. But now she is in the news for a different reason. She is missing.

While visiting Manchester for work, she was staying at The Midland. The iconic, world famous hotel was the last place Kathy was seen, CCTV recorded her leaving on foot. Her destination was unknown. Three days later, her disappearance was reported to police by her manager. The sensational news was met with great interest by the British public, though very little surprise or sympathy. Kathy Hopkirk had been pushing it for years. It looks like this time, she may just have gone too far.

DCI Miller and his team are overwhelmed by the amount of vitriol and hatred which surrounds the missing woman. Where do they possibly start with this one? Kathy has had thousands of death threats on Twitter alone.

DCI Miller is back with another roller-coaster case.

Gone Too Far is the fourth DCI Miller story from popular British indie author Steven Suttie.

“Another fantastic read by Steven Suttie, crime drama at its best!!”
“Absolutely brilliant, couldn’t put it down. Read it in a day!”
“I absolutely loved this book, couldn’t put it down, then of course sad that I’d finished it.”

Miller 1 is “One Man Crusade”

Miller 2 is “Neighbours From Hell”

Miller 3 is “Road To Nowhere”

Miller 4 is “Gone Too Far”

WARNING, Contains bad language, including the worst one a few times. Please do not purchase if offended by swearing.

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On Amazon’s “customers also bought” function, Steven Suttie’s books are ranked alongside titles by Kerry Wilkinson, Ben Cheetham, Martina Cole, Karen Woods, Paul Finch, Heather Burnside, Rachel Abbott, Kimberley Chambers, Anna Smith, David Menon, Ed James, Robin Roughley. Lisa Hartley, D.S. Butler, Helen Durrant, RC Bridgestock, Col Bury, Lisa Hall, Pam Howes, Iain Cameron, Jessie Keane, Val McDermid, Adam Croft, P.F Ford, Matt Brolly, Mel Sherratt, Angela Clarke, Leigh Russell, Derek Fee, Janice Frost, Paul Gitsham, Steven Dunne, Katherine Pathak, Oliver Tidy, T.M.E Walsh, Peter Grainger, Dave Sivers, Tony Black, Mike Craven, Peter Grainger, Angie Smith, Stephen Puleston, Michael Murray, Angela Marsons, Mark Edwards, LJ Ross, Kathryn Croft, Graham Masterton, Caroline Mitchell, Nick Alexander, CL Taylor, Louise Voss, Jenny Blackhurst, Marnie Riches, Michael Wood, Luca Veste, Damien Boyd, Paula Hawkins, Lynwood Barclay, Ann Cleeves, M.A. Comley, Mark Sennen, Tara Lyons, Louise Voss, Squid McFinnigan, Rob Sinclair, Jane Isaac, Nicky Black, Faith Mortimer, Dreda Say Mitchell, Michael Kerr, Stephen Edger, John Nicholl, Ruth Dugdall, Robert Bryndza, B.A. Paris, Katerina Diamond, Maggie James, Lisa Hall, Georgie Logan, Tammy Robinson and Linda Tweedie

Road To Nowhere : DCI Miller 3

Off-Duty Police Sergeant Jason Knight from Bolton police station has disappeared whilst cycling in the Lancashire countryside. His wife raised the alarm. Jason is not the kind of man who would go missing. Something is very clearly wrong. The disappearance quickly becomes a full-scale alert, and counter-terror police are on standby, monitoring the situation extremely closely.

DCI Andrew Miller is drafted in urgently to try and figure out what the hell is going on, and why Knight might suddenly disappear. It’s a race against time to find the popular, well respected Sergeant.

Meanwhile, the local press are calling for Miller’s resignation following the infamous “Neighbours From Hell” trial, and newspaper revelations that suggest Miller could be responsible for an apparent miscarriage of justice.

If Andy Miller thought that he already had enough on his plate – he’s about to discover that there’s plenty of room for more, in this fast-paced, gritty thriller set in Manchester and The Trough of Bowland, in the heart of Lancashire.

DCI MILLER 3 – Road To Nowhere

Road to nowhere is the third DCI Miller story from popular British indie author Steven Suttie.

Miller 1 is “One Man Crusade”

Miller 2 is “Neighbours From Hell”

Miller 3 is “Road To Nowhere”

WARNING, Contains bad language at times. Please do not purchase if offended by swearing.

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Neighbours From Hell : DCI Miller 2

“True Northern Grit and Humour” 5 STARS

“Brilliant!” 5 STARS

“Another Great Suttie Read” 5 STARS

WARNING, Contains bad language at times, particularly when the poor people are talking.
Includes the very worst swear word a few times as well.
Please do not purchase if offended by swearing. (Or offended by people leaving used teabags on the sink.) Thank you.

NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL by Steven Suttie

The Haughton Park development just outside Manchester is an exclusive new suburb of expensive homes for professional families. When the developer fails to sell half of the properties, the project is thrown into financial chaos.The local council steps in with a workable solution. They propose to use the unsold homes as social housing for homeless families, in return for the much needed cash injection that the developer needs to pay the bills.

It’s a win-win situation. Or is it?

Many of the home-owners are up-in-arms at the proposal. They don’t want the place over-run with ‘scrubbers.’ They start a media campaign to stop the plans. But they are defeated. The homeless families are given temporary accommodation on the swish development.

Mum of four Rachel Birdsworth is one of the new residents, and she’s determined to get past these stupid class differences. She does her very best to get along with everybody and make new friends. It all starts off quite well. But when she realizes that the home-owner across the road is a wife-beating bully, and that his wife is a virtual prisoner in the home, she wants to help. But this kind of help has deadly consequences.

DCI Andrew Miller is back, trying to get to the bottom of what exactly has happened over at Haughton Park in this heart-stopping, dark thriller from One Man Crusade author Steven Suttie.

“Totally gripping”
“Can’t put it down”
“Found myself laughing a lot even though it was a gritty thriller. Fantastic!!”

WARNING, Contains bad language at times. Please do not purchase if offended by swearing. Thank you.

MORE about this book;

The novel is set in Greater Manchester, in the present day, on a fictional exclusive housing development called Haughton Park. Described as a black comedy thriller – the book focuses on the class divides in today’s Great Britain, and in particular, attitudes towards the less privileged in our society, and the media’s relentless campaign of promoting hatred towards the poor. The question behind Neighbours From Hell is; “could the rich and poor live together in peace and harmony?”

You can probably guess the answer.

NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL is described by most readers as a fast paced, funny, exciting story.

NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL is the second DCI Miller book. (DCI Miller 2)

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On Amazon’s “customers also bought” function, NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL is ranked alongside books by Kerry Wilkinson, Ben Cheetham, Martina Cole, Karen Woods, Paul Finch, Heather Burnside, Rachel Abbott, Kimberley Chambers, Anna Smith, David Menon, Ed James, Robin Roughley. Lisa Hartley, D.S. Butler, Helen Durrant, RC Bridgestock, Col Bury, Lisa Hall, Pam Howes, Iain Cameron, Jessie Keane, Val McDermid, Adam Croft, P.F Ford, Matt Brolly, Mel Sherratt, Angela Clarke, Leigh Russell, Derek Fee, Janice Frost, Paul Gitsham, Steven Dunne, Katherine Pathak, Oliver Tidy, T.M.E Walsh, Peter Grainger, Dave Sivers, Tony Black, Mike Craven, Peter Grainger, Angie Smith, Stephen Puleston, Michael Murray, Angela Marsons, Mark Edwards, LJ Ross, Kathryn Croft, Graham Masterton, Caroline Mitchell, Nick Alexander, CL Taylor, Louise Voss, Jenny Blackhurst, Marnie Riches, Michael Wood, Luca Veste, Damien Boyd, Paula Hawkins, Lynwood Barclay, Ann Cleeves, M.A. Comley, Mark Sennen, Tara Lyons, Louise Voss, Squid McFinnigan, Rob Sinclair, Jane Isaac, Nicky Black, Faith Mortimer, Dreda Say Mitchell, Michael Kerr, Stephen Edger, John Nicholl, Ruth Dugdall, Robert Bryndza, B.A. Paris, Katerina Diamond, Maggie James, Lisa Hall, Georgie Logan, Tammy Robinson and Linda Tweedie

One Man Crusade : DCI Miller 1

“WHAT A BRILLIANT BOOK!”

“A REAL PAGE-TURNER.”

“AN EXCITING, EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER JOURNEY!”

ONE MAN CRUSADE By Steven Suttie

The police face an extraordinary problem.

Somebody has started shooting unsuspecting citizens dead as they go about their daily business in the north west of England.

But it is a very specific type of person that the gun man is targeting. Paedophiles.

In order to keep the public calm, the police have no alternative but to reveal the killer’s motive.

And that’s when things start to get really tricky for the investigating officers. Public revulsion of child molesters is at an all time high, so when the killer is hailed as a hero vigilante by the media – DCI Andrew Miller and his team face the ultimate challenge in catching a man who is determined to continue with his executions, until he is caught.

PLEASE NOTE: This book contains swearing throughout. (Including the worst one.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS BOOK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANY PERSON WHO IS SYMPATHETIC TO PAEDOPHILES OR ANY PERSON WHO CAN CONDONE CHILD SEX ABUSE.

AMAZON UK customer praise for One Man Crusade:

“Hope a television drama is forthcoming. It’s certainly on a par with Broadchurch or Happy Valley.”

“What a fantastic book. If you like reading British novels then you will love this one.”

“I have read loads of crime thrillers, but nothing as good as this in a long time.”

“Excellent and well written book. Thoroughly enjoyed it, laughed, cried and was horrified. A very thought provoking read with excellent outcome.”

“I’ve read over a hundred books this year, best so far.”

“A brilliant book, which leaves you thinking what side of the law you’re on.”

“What can I possibly say about this book but wow! Fantastic writing and so current!”

“Addictive read, couldn’t put it down. The twists and turns in this read, keep you changing sides all the way through.”

“A great read, thoroughly enjoyed it – and I’m very fussy! Highly recommended!”

MORE about this book;

One Man Crusade has been an Amazon Best Seller in several categories, topping the Amazon UK Best Seller charts in Urban Fiction, Political Fiction, Political Drama, and Serial Killers.

The novel is set in Greater Manchester, in the present day, with the entire city as the back-drop. Scenes take place in most areas, including Bolton, Tameside, Salford, Wythenshawe and Stockport. The child-sex scandals in Rochdale, along with the allegations against the late Rochdale MP Cyril Smith get mentioned, as well as the scandals surrounding other household names from around the region, as the novel tackles the British public’s general attitude towards paedophiles in the post Jimmy Savile world.

ONE MAN CRUSADE is described by most readers as a fast paced, exciting, thought-provoking story. Of course, not all people share the same opinions, and as such, not all readers agree with the gunman’s campaign. But sod them.

ONE MAN CRUSADE is the first DCI Miller book. (DCI Miller 1)

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