PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TESTIMONIAL...
"Having spent 30 years as a police officer I don't often read crime novels because feel they lack realism and generally don't reflect the experience of real life policing. However by chance while browsing I came across the novel 'Remorseless' by a new author called Will Patching. Having never heard of him I must confess I was not expecting much but I fancied something light to read, a little relaxed escapism with some 'one dimensional' characters and a predictable plot.
"How wrong was I? Will Patching spectacularly shattered my expectation of 'relaxed escapism' and instead gave me a very dark, chilling novel which gave me a compelling insight into the human mind using the unique perspectives of the multi faceted characters his imagination has produced. Rather than relaxing I found myself tense yet compelled to delve deeper into the book and explore the characters further. This book sometimes make uncomfortable reading due to the subject matter, but I found I could not put it down until I reached the nail biting finale.
"So as soon as I'd finished reading Remorseless I downloaded the second book in the series, Mutilated which didn't disappoint either, it is another fantastic book which I could not put down until I reached the end. In my opinion Mr Patching is an extremely talented author who writes books which explore the darker side of the human mind and he has quickly become a firm favourite of mine and he deserves to be a best selling author.
"His books are extremely fascinating and realistic and they give the reader a stark and somewhat chilling insight into the minds of criminals and psychopaths. The plots twist and turn and Will manages to weave real life events and true unsolved crimes into his novels which gives an extra layer or realism and he clearly understands his chosen subject matter.
"Having spent 30 years as a serving police officer I appreciate the effort he has made to create such realistic believable characters whom I can identify with. During my career I have obviously met many many different people, fortunately the majority of them were good people, decent people, the victims, the witnesses, even the majority of the criminals I've met showed a certain amount of morals and scruples (even if they were somewhat skewed from the norm).
"I have also had the dubious pleasure of meeting some who had no apparent moral compass, no empathy for anyone or anything and the insights I have gleaned from these books suggest they may well have fallen into the category of 'functioning psychopath'.
"Had I read Will Patching's novels while still a serving officer I'm sure his insights into the workings of their minds would have helped me understand the motives and actions of these people."
Rick A. Former UK detective and prison intelligence officer.
From the Author
You can also find out more about the novel, the characters and other crime thrillers by visiting the Remorseless website (see the author's profile for more info).