The ROC in a murder mystery

 A few weeks ago, a former colleague recommended that I should read a murder mystery by Stephen Booth (an author I had to admit  being unfamiliar with). My informant said that it would be of particular interest to me. The book in question is called “The Kill Call”, published by Harper Collins. My first glance at the book’s blurb mentioned that it was based in the Derbyshire Peak District so, maybe, that’s why he thought I would be interested.

 However, the first three pages soon put me right. It was clearly describing three people down a Cold War post in the 1960’s – although this would only be apparent to anyone with ROC knowledge or experience. The main story was based after our  stand-down with flash-backs to the 1960’s and, as a murder mystery was complex, readable and entertaining.

 The author, however, had obviously done his “ROC homework” with  correct names for the local ROC posts (except one). Many of these I had served on either during my first years as an observer or during my time as a group officer. With a few minor exceptions, accurate descriptions of post structures, instruments  procedures and visits down a post and to the ROC Grove at the National Arboretum were  woven into the story.

 The mis-named post was called “4 Juliet” but from its description as a brick built tower

seemed to refer to Brassington 8/32 Post*. During a house search, the detectives found a photograph of the post with three individuals in front and assumed that Juliet might be a murder suspect ! I won’t give away the story by explaining further.

 So, if you like murder mystery novels, try this one. You don’t get many with ROC connections !  

·        link to the 2009 update article on scheduling attempt for 8/32

 Jon Layne


[24oct09 20:50]