Human Frailty, a Detective Mike Bridger novel

      Mark Bredenbeck
Human Frailty, a Detective Mike Bridger novel

When you look just like the long dead mother of a psychopath, and he's noticed you, it's already too late.When you look just like the long dead mother of a psychopath, and he's noticed you, it's already too late.Marion Watson is on her way to her final university exam, she is excited at the prospect of completing her 'Masters' degree and moving on to pastures new. She already knows where she wants to be, she has her whole life mapped out.... That is until she gets taken. Mike Bridger is a newly promoted Detective Sergeant, fighting his own battle with alcohol, infidelity, and a mistrust of people in general. When Marion goes missing it is up to him to unravel the twisted path that will lead him on a journey into the past where even his colleagues come under suspicion.With Bridger's and Marion's life now intertwined, Bridger bounces from one dead end to another, while Marion hangs, strung up like a marionette, controlled by her captor, and watched by thousands live on the Internet.She is made to dance, controlled by the whims of the shadow she sees. From behind his darkness her captor reveals more and more of why she is there, and what she is to do for him. The shadow has written the script, she just has to follow it.Marion's resolve to stay alive grows stronger with each revelation, but it is up to Bridger to overcome his own obstacles to make sure Marion comes home safely.With humanly flawed characters within a theme of violence and how it affects society, this is a crime thriller with a shocking twist that is almost real. Seen through the eyes of each character, this tale of human frailty will take you on a journey to the very heart of our hidden violent society.
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    Wasted Lives, a Detective Mike Bridger novel

      Mark Bredenbeck
Wasted Lives, a Detective Mike Bridger novel

'He who fights with monsters best be careful, lest he thereby become a monster’'He who fights with monsters best be careful, lest he thereby become a monster’While on stress leave, Detective Sergeant Mike Bridger is learning about the complexities of life through a book of ancient philosophy. Life was much simpler when Friedrich Nietzsche wrote his quotes, but he can see the obvious parallels between then and now. He knows in some parts of today’s society, filled with fear and intimidation, live many that have made bad choices.A late night phone call drags him back into the real world where an armed robbery has gone tragically wrong. Quick work brings an early arrest, but in the process, a chain of events is set in motion that will rock the Dunedin Police to its core.During a routine enquiry, Bridger comes face to face with an old foe who wants something he can't give. He makes a choice he thought he would never have to make but what he does not realize , is that this time, anyone is fair game...A fast moving story that races towards a tragic conclusion leaves Bridger with one question. Can a monster really be created…?
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