The Red Die, Alex MacBeth

Here is an extract of The Red Die by Alex MacBeth.

The Red Die

The Red Die

by: Alex MacBeth 

The body of a man with a red die in his pocket is washed ashore near a quiet village on the coast of the Indian Ocean in southern Africa. But what looked initially like a corpse that came in with the tide soon turns out to be a murder case that will lead Comandante Felisberto and his team to the edge of danger and despair as they uncover a trail leading up to the highest echelons of power in their country.

Can Felisberto and his ‘motley crew of rural investigators’ solve the case – and survive?

 

This is an excerpt taken from Part 3 of the THE RED DIE.

 

A new email with the subject ‘Eldorado’ caught Podolski’s attention. It was from his source at the Foreign Office again.

“We have received an alarming report from Mozambique,” began The Source’s email. “The report touches on things way too close to home and is attracting unnecessary attention to the situation from other desk operators. Request we meet urgently.” Podolski texted The Source to meet him in thirty minutes at their usual choice of rendezvous, grabbed his jacket and hailed a black taxi outside his office. When he walked into the members only club, filled with upholstered regency chairs and infused with the smell of port and roast meals, he found The Source waiting for him.

“So what was so important that we had to meet personally?” began Podolski, avoiding any pleasantries.

“We have received an alarming report from Mozambique.”

“You said that. Since when do you take alarming reports from anywhere seriously?” retorted Podolski, sipping his Guinness.

“The report was written by a British national. He has contacts and is making a lot of noise about the site.”

Podolski shrugged and The Source looked blankly at him. He was a lean man, not a day older than twenty-five, Sorbonne graduate, with fiercely intelligent eyes countered by a naïvety in his body language. The Source hated Podolski. At first he had thought they were friends.

Podolski had been careful to ensure the young civil servant was regularly invited to parties on Mason and Stock’s yacht in the south of France, where the foreign office worker had shown a pointed preference for naked women and illegal substances. Podolski had arranged a souvenir set of photos of the event, and The Source, compromised, was now on Mason and Stock’s payroll, earning twice as much tax-free with the company than in his job at the Foreign Office.

“I’m sure I don’t have to inform you what will happen if the media gets hold of this, Podolski.”

“Who sent the report?”
The Source smiled for the first time. “That is priceless information, isn’t it?” he teased. “Images of your holiday habits might also be priceless to your superiors,” retorted Podolski.

“Don’t worry about those anyway. We are going to have to neutralise this report somehow,” continued Podolski, loosening the top button of his shirt and taking another swig from his pint of Guinness. “The only way to do that is to neutralise the person who is filing it.”

The Source looked around anxiously to see if anyone was listening. He leaned in closer to Podolski.

“What do you mean by neutralise the person?”

“I mean we have to neutralise his motives. Why is he filing this report anyway?”

“Patriotism, a sense of moral responsibility, or money, who knows,” pondered The Source.

“Can he be bought?”
“Wasn’t it you who said anyone has their price?”
“You had yours. Find out his. Make contact.”
“Under what guise?”
“Probably by means of the telephone,” said Podolski, downing the last of his drink. He stood up and left.

Synopsis

 

The body of a man with a red die in his pocket is washed ashore near a quiet village on the coast of the Indian Ocean in southern Africa. But what looked initially like a corpse that came in with the tide soon turns out to be a murder case that will lead Comandante Felisberto and his team to the edge of danger and despair as they uncover a trail leading up to the highest echelons of power in their country.

Can Felisberto and his ‘motley crew of rural investigators’ solve the case – and survive?

 

Author bio

 

Alex MacBeth is a writer of crime fiction, a journalist, a publisher of African literature and a festival founder in Mozambique. He works for several international titles as a journalist and has also worked as a media trainer in Central and East Africa.

 

THE RED DIE is his first novel.

 

Website: www.alexmacbeth.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexmacbethtoc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thereddienovel/

Launch wall: http://www.alexmacbeth.com/2018/04/the-red-dielaunch-wall.html

 

Alex MacBeth

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