By Keller Yeats
Nick Swann, a jaded middle aged widower is on a journey of discovery into the dark world of malevolence inhabited by a mysterious and ancient creature known as "Powderfinger." Together with a small cabal of friends, they seek to unearth the mysteries surrounding a string of similar murders stretching back through time and to bring "Powderfingers'"reign of terror to an end.
"Powderfinger" is a present day horror story set mainly on the decrepit and abandoned but soon to be redeveloped bank of an old canal between two towns, by an old tar works known as Raven's Gate. Nick Swann is a world weary mid-forties widower and Assistant Probation Warden at St .Joseph's Hostel for young male criminals, situated overlooking the canal and Raven's Gate. A woman is brutally killed on the bank opposite the Hostel on a night Nick is on duty and has granted many late passes for two 21st birthday celebrations amongst the hostel lads. The ensuing Police investigation involves the Hostel, though Nick believes his lads had nothing to do with it, consequently Nick is suspended for issuing too many late passes at once. Then another woman is killed and Nick becomes drawn into discovering the culprit. He works with DCI Findlay and DS Deacon as the murder toll increases. Together with help from his old friends Alan and Hugo, Nick's research uncovers a long series of similar murders in the same area stretching back through the centuries. "Powderfinger" as the killer is dubbed, appears to be some kind of ancient mellifluous, malevolent, murderous being that attacks anyone it considers to be disturbing its peace and quiet. Eventually, as the story climaxes, Findlay, Deacon, Nick and Alan set a trap to lure "Powderfinger" to his doom and rid the area of this beast once and for all but traps can swing both ways.