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- Print Length: 381 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (April 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071KTJJBH
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A witness, all those years ago, swears that he saw a young female involved in an accident, but there are no records of any accident. And when two retired cops are murdered, they discover a link between them and the victim.
When Bliss and his team start getting warnings, things really heat up. Trying to protect his team, he gives them the opportunity to back away. Bliss has discovered that one man, high up in law enforcement, was probably involved in these murders.
Who was this victim and why would someone want her dead? Did the murdered cops pose a threat to the murderer? With corrupt cops in the picture, who can they trust?
Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost? And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?
This is the first-time reading of this author for me ... and it won't be the last. This is a well-written Brit crime thriller with a credible story line and unforgettable characters. It's well paced .. giving the reader a chance to catch their breath as the bodies continue to fall and Bliss is not only worried about his job ... but his life, as well.
Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of BAD TO THE BONE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
The format is frustrating where one paragraph could be a couple talking in a room and the next paragraph could be a bunch of people in a car miles away - surely new chapters would be FAR less confusing.
Then add the few grammatical glitches and book becomes mildly frustrating to continue reading.
It's also one of those stories where the 'cast' constantly rehashes the 'facts'.
The 'hero's' actions and morals do not really elicit the reader's support....!
The first few pages describe the first time the protagonist saw a particular dead body. I suspected one outcome, the other, true outcome made me laugh. I love books that although are serious, can make me laugh.
One thing about this book - and I daresay it is the same the other way around - is figuring out what is meant by words and titles. This is definitely a British book.
Although this is a British book, there is a "Bones" lady involved. Only she is called the "Bones Woman" and her expertise is not given as much respect as she is entitled to. However she is a very integral part of the story
There is a lot of bad blood between the lead inspector and his boss. As I read, I believe I know who is going to come out on top. Maybe not, there are more than a few surprises here. A lot has been said about a prior case, but this is the first book in the series. I hope this is further explained or a prequel is out there somewhere.
Except for the relationship between the protagonist, Bliss, and his boss, he seems to get along with all other characters. The bad blood keeps the book believable.
One thing that bothers me these days, not especially in this particular book, but in all recent ones, is the use of the word "paperwork." This seems to be a silly term for entering data into a computer. Additionally, hoping the inspectors can find the identity of the dead woman by finding the hospital where a surgical implant was placed seems very backward. The number should give them the identity of the manufacturer who can give them the information they need about who it was sold to and when. Especially since this has a publication date of 2017.
There is one very jarring segue early on in the book. Hopefully it is cleared up. Perhaps a new chapter instead where it is would be a better idea? As I know authors read these reviews, I hope he takes heed.
Another thing that pops out of my head besides doing paperwork is smoking in the workplace. I do wonder how long ago this book was written before publication.
After a while, the story thoroughly drew me in, and I stopped making notes about my thoughts. On the whole, this is an engaging book. The last few chapters especially.
There is one question I have about the final scenario in the search for the killer. But putting it into words would be a spoiler. Since I hate spoilers myself, I don't knowingly write them.
Again, once the story started going I couldn't put it down, quite literally. The pace picked up nicely making it impossible for me to stop reading.
I do still think the one segue, although quite jarring, deserved its own chapter. It was satisfactorily explained, more so than I would have ever thought, but...that's just beating a dead horse at this point.
The imagery evoked in the turn of phrase is incredible. The author can put you into a scene better than a lot of more "experienced" authors. I say that because parts of the book, the ones that sucked me in, make me wonder if this isn't a more experienced author releasing earlier works under a different name. If this is not the case, watch for more books. Mr. Forder will only get better.