Ed Brighton focused his lens on the fire fighters who were chest-deep in the Dun River, braced against the surging waters, watching intently for the woman caught in the flood, ready to rescue her... or capture her lifeless body.
Once again, Ed could not help thinking that the job of a small-town journalist was often odd – and perhaps not always entirely honourable.
His full attention was re-captured by a shout: "Here she comes!" He started shooting image after image that might be recording horror, or heroism, or perhaps both.
Yet, only half an hour ago, the highlight of his day had been another letter to the editor from Alicia Templeton...
DEATH ON THE DUN is the newest book and first novel by Paul Knowles.