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Thriller highlights deaths of fire-fighters from cancer


In Cold Daylight thriller fire fighters and cancer Pauline Rowson’s idea for the thriller, In Cold Daylight was inspired by a conversation among fire-fighters about the abnormally high number of their colleagues contracting cancer due to  exposure to hazardous chemicals in the line of duty. New research from the University of Lancashire has backed this up. In her thriller, Pauline Rowson blends the facts she heard fire-fighters discussing within a dramatic fictional plot, creating a powerful novel.

It was in 2008 that UK crime writer, Pauline Rowson, wife of retired fire-fighter, Bob Rowson of Red Watch, Southsea, highlighted a situation among fire-fighters in her fictional crime novel In Cold Daylight, shortlisted for the World Book Day Prize, of the high number of firefighters contracting work-related cancer, now recent studies by the University of Lancashire has backed this up in a new study.

Pauline Rowson’s idea for the thriller, In Cold Daylight was inspired by a conversation she overheard at Southsea fire station in Portsmouth when fire-fighters were discussing the abnormally high number of their colleagues from one watch who had contracted cancer. Many believed their cancer was due to exposure to hazardous chemicals in the line of duty. Pauline decided to blend the facts within a dramatic fictional plot, creating a powerful novel unaware that a major International disaster on a massive scale would then be the catalyst to spark studies in the USA into this controversial area.

Since writing In Cold Daylight, after a three year study prompted by 9/11, research from the University of Cincinnati found that rates of testicular cancer were a hundred per cent higher and prostate cancer twenty-eight percent higher among fire-fighters. In addition, the researchers also discovered a fifty percent increase in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Researchers say fire-fighters are exposed to many compounds designated as carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents including benzene, chloroform, soot, styrene and formaldehyde. These can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin at the scene of a fire.

Now recent research from the University of Lancashire has found that the deaths caused by cancer in fire fighters under the age of 75 is three times higher than that of the general population. Cancers include skin, mouth, throat, kidneys and liver.

Pauline Rowson crime authorPauline Rowson, from Hayling Island in Hampshire says, ‘In 2008 the link between fire fighters and cancer was already there but nobody was willing to acknowledge it. Since then studies in America have proved it but nothing has been done about it. Now, ten years later, since my thriller In Cold Daylight was published, we have another study confirming that fire-fighters suffer from certain cancers at a higher rate than others.’

Pauline Rowson is the author of eighteen crime novels, thirteen in the Inspector Andy Horton series set in Portsmouth, three featuring undercover investigator, Art Marvik and two thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill. Her novels are published in the UK and the USA and have been translated into many languages.

In her novel In Cold Daylight fire-fighter, Jack Bartholomew is killed in the line of duty before he can reveal the cause of his own and his colleagues’ cancer. In a cryptic message orchestrated before his untimely death, Jack has left a trail of clues that will lead his closest friend, marine artist, Adam Greene into a labyrinth of lies, secrets and government conspiracy exposing an environmental scandal that has resulted in the deaths of fire fighters.

Pauline Rowson adds, ‘Fire-fighters spend a career facing toxic dangers, in the name of protecting the public. It is an occupational risk and should be recognised. When a fire-fighter dies from a cancer identified as occupational, their families need and deserve appropriate compensation. Although In Cold Daylight is fiction there is a strong central message in the novel and readers might like to ask can this really be happening? If In Cold Daylight increases the debate then that’s all to the good.’

In Cold Daylight is available in paperback and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

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POSTED BY: ALISON WESLEY - FEBRUARY 25TH, 2018 @ 17:22:31 UTC
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