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Papercuts 8: Dog Day Mid-Afternoon

Papercuts 8: Dog Day Mid-Afternoon by Colin Bateman
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Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get.

When Patrick Casey robs the O'Connor's post office, holding Gavin O'Connor hostage, Rob Cullen is the only man Patrick will consider speaking to and the police send him in to try and calm things down. It turns out Patrick has a mental illness and has stopped taking his medication. He is unpredictable and dangerous and no-one knows what he will do next. He offers Rob an ultimatum: to compromise the integrity of the paper, or risk his life. A single gunshot is heard outside...

Head of Zeus; February 2016
50 pages; ISBN 9781784973773
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Title: Papercuts 8: Dog Day Mid-Afternoon
Author: Colin Bateman