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Under the microscope

Former police investigator Chris Clement-Green started writing seriously in 2007. She undertook Open University creative writing and advanced creative writing courses and completed the Bath Spa University creative writing MA in 2013. The Soft Tread of Vengeance is her first attempt at a novel and a lucky connection made at Oxford University’s Summer School resulted in a request to submit the first twenty pages to Curtis Brown in New York – although she’s not holding her breath. She is moving to Wales to set up a writing school and retreat.

Prologue

Sow a character and you may reap a destiny1

It felt odd2 for the sun to be shining so brightly over3 the horror of such a mean-spirited and pointless death.4 The boy crouched over the body of the dead cat,5 examining his handiwork6 with excited curiosity. He was mesmerised7 by the faint twitching of the tiny front paw8 as muscle memory,9 an echo of life,10 was the last thing to drain from the still glossy but lifeless body.11 Tiggs would catch no more mice and shit in no more gardens.12

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