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IN COLD DAYLIGHT mystery thriller inspired by overheard fire fighters conversation

In Cold Daylight mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonThe idea for my mystery thriller, IN COLD DAYLIGHT (voted third for the World Book Day Prize 2008) was inspired by an overheard conversation on my husband's watch, Red Watch at Southsea Fire Station when he was serving there as a firefighter.

The watch were discussing the high number of fire fighters from one watch who had sadly contracted cancer and they were speculating if this could have been as a result of a shout they had all attended where they had been exposed to dangerous chemicals. This was entirely possible as firefighters headgear, until recently, did not fully protect them, especially around the neck and ears. My husband always said that the only way to tell just how hot a fire was was by his ears!

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.

Since writing IN COLD DAYLIGHT, a three year study, prompted by 9/11, from the University of Cincinnati, has found that rates of testicular cancer are 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.

In another study researchers combed through nearly two decades' worth of data from the Massachusetts cancer registry. Between 1986 and 2003, the registry recorded 2,125 cancer diagnoses among professional male fire fighters. They found that, compared with men in other occupations, fire fighters had nearly twice the risk of brain cancer and a thirty six percent higher risk of colon cancer. They also showed higher risks of bladder cancer, kidney cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma.

These facts that have largely gone unrecognised in the UK, yet have raised serious questions in America, Canada and Australia. The evidence is clear that fire fighters suffer from certain cancers at a higher rate than others. Fire fighters spend a career facing toxic dangers, in the name of protecting the public. It is an occupational risk and should be recognised.

IN COLD DAYLIGHT is fiction dedicated to firefighters everywhere and especially to Bob (my husband) and Red Watch, Southsea.

In Cold Daylight mystery thriller

In Cold Daylight mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonFire fighter Jack Bartholomew dies whilst trying to put out a fire in a derelict building. Was it an accident or arson? Marine Artist Adam Greene doesn't know, only that he has lost his closest friend.

He attends the funeral ready to mourn when another funeral intrudes upon his thoughts, and one he has tried very hard to forget for the last fifteen years. But before he has time to digest this, or discover the identity of the stranger stalking him, Jack's house is ransacked.

In Cold Daylight mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonUnaware of the risks he is running Adam soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and dangerous web of deceit. By exposing a secret that has lain dormant for years Adam is forced to face his own dark secrets, and as the facts reveal themselves the prospects for his survival look bleak. But Adam knows there is no turning back; he has to get to the truth no matter what the cost, even if it means his life.

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