The Washermen

The Washermen is the second of the Commander Allan Dice books.
For many reasons the SIS want to penetrate the highly effective Chinese Secret Service in Britain. Repeated failures to do so have now goaded British intelligence into joining with the CIA in a new and extremely questionable undertaking known as Operation Redlight, directed by the unscrupulous Roger Firth, and Commander Allan Dice, one of the most trusted officers in the Police force, finds himself waist-deep in a dangerous, corrupt and embittered world of rivalry, espionage and violence.

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It is 1979 and Britain has lived with the curse of the sinister Chinese Triads for too long. Only a combined operation by the CIA and SIS can eliminate their deadly cells of activity. But when the chosen hatchet men arrive from Hong Kong, and the list of gruesome Soho murders grows, the powers that be at Scotland Yard and in the Secret Service clash head-on. And Commander Allan Dice, one of the most trusted officers in the Police force, finds himself waist-deep in a dangerous, corrupt and embittered world of rivalry, espionage and violence.

For many reasons the SIS want to penetrate the highly effective Chinese Secret Service in Britain. Repeated failures to do so have now goaded British intelligence into joining with the CIA in a new and extremely questionable undertaking known as Operation Redlight, directed by the unscrupulous Roger Firth.

After the covert arrival from Hong Kong of the three Washermen to disrupt the Chinese Triad cell in London, there is a sudden outbreak of murders. Redlight is thus brought into fierce conflict with Scotland Yard, and it is Commander Allan Dice who has to try to halt the whole deadly scheme instigated by Firth.

Despite opposition Dice’s instincts and experience make him realize that the enemy lurks not only in Soho’s narrow streets, in decaying dockside warehouses and on the Sussex downs, but also within his own sphere of control.

In this brilliant story of detective and intelligence officers at loggerheads, Peter Hill has created a dynamic and compassionate thriller, set against the sinister world of London’s Chinatown. And again Allan Dice, whose personality played so dominant a part in The Fanatics, quietly but powerfully asserts his strange integrity.

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Peter Hill’s background is steeped in crime. He was a detective in the Metropolitan Police, London, serving in some of the toughest parts of that city for thirteen years. He also worked at New Scotland Yard in the Company Fraud Department and later the internationally recognised C1 department known as ‘The Murder Squad’. He travelled widely in Britain, Europe and South America investigating, surprisingly enough, murders.

He left the force at the age of thirty two, with the rank of Detective Inspector, to become a writer. In the 1970’s he wrote six books in his own name, all published worldwide and in several translations: The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast, The Savages, The Fanatics and The Washermen.

These have now been converted back from hard copies and The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages in the ‘Staunton and Wyndsor’ series are now available as eBooks in the Kindle store.
The others, The Fanatics and The Washermen in the ‘Commander Allan Dice’ books are also now available as Kindle ebooks.

Under the pen name of John Eyers he wrote the sequel to Terry Nations ‘Survivors’ novel,
“Genesis of a Hero” which were spin offs from the iconic TV series.
Similarly as John Eyers, he wrote “Special Branch – In at the Kill” from the Special Branch TV series.
These have now also been published as eBooks on Amazon.

Peter worked extensively in television for iconic British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘New Scotland Yard’, and ‘Armchair Theatre’.
He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he has lived for the last thirty-three years.

‘Evolution’s Path’ is a return to writing novels and is proposed as a series of related near and far future crime stories, of which ‘Killing Tomorrow’ now available as an eBook, is the first. He is working on the sequel, ‘The Ladies Game’.