- File Size: 489 KB
- Print Length: 360 pages
- Publisher: Peatmore Press Ltd (August 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HFLB4C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Detective Chief Inspector, Ray King of Scotland Yard is a likeable figure who displays a genuine dedication to his profession. Just before his promotion to the Serious Crime Squad he was unexpectedly transferred over to another police station to aid in the investigation of the homicide of a former police officer. A fresh pair of eyes were needed on the case, though, this move didn't sit well with King's plans. Evidence showed that the young female died of strangulation. Her naked body was found in a hotel room lying on a bed with a dressing gown cord wrapped tightly around her neck. King would soon learn that this would prove to be merely the tip of the iceberg. There'd be more to come.
As the case moved forward another former cop was found dead. These two deaths were not coincidental; they had been connected. As the death toll continued to escalate the investigation took several twists and turns. It was learned that at one time or another the victims had all known each other.
A trained killer was on the warpath to see that there would be no loose ends left behind. King had his work cut out for him. How many more would need to die before he would bring this killer to justice?
Luke understands the impact that initiating a thriller with a description of a dastardly deed creates in the reader’s perception. Thus he open page on with - ‘The naked body of a young woman lay face down on the double bed like a discarded doll, a toweling cord wrapped tightly around her neck. "Dressing gown cord," explained Donovan. "The 'otel supplies gowns for their guests. The room's been checked and photographed. Mr. Wallace said everything should be left as it was found till you arrived. The doctor's been and gone, and Forensic are waiting to move in when you've finished." Ray had no idea why he had been summoned. He had only received news of his promotion a month ago and was due to take up his new post in the Serious Crime Squad in two weeks. The previous night he'd been out with the lads from the Flying Squad celebrating his promotion. The evening had started well, then some bastard had put something in his drink. Now his head was pounding and his tongue felt like an old dishrag. He had no track record of leading a murder inquiry. However, investigating a suspicious death was part and parcel of police work, and he'd seen far too many corpses in his career - more than he cared to remember. At least this one was relatively fresh and thankfully there was no blood. "When was she found?" he asked "About nine o'clock this morning, by the cleaning maid."
And so we are off and running on a crime thriller . The synopsis provides an adequate outline for the story – ‘A killer at large – and for the victim there is no escape. It is 1995 and southern England is sweltering in a heat wave. Before he can take up his post in the Serious Crime Squad as a newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector, Ray King is summoned to investigate a murder. The victim is a young woman who is a private detective and former police officer in a suburban town where the local dignitaries have something to hide. The body count rises and, when it appears the case has been resolved, the killings begin again. The novel is a fast-moving account of crime and sexual entanglement that ensnares detectives and suspects in a web of deception.’
Luke Johnson keeps pace with the development of the crime story with a fine balance between events and perception of events as well as the effect the crime has on both the immediate collection of investigators and the progression of the sordid events that follow. Think Alfred Hitchcock. Solid writing here. Grady Harp, May 17
I bought the book on Kindle and noticed the font is reminiscent of old typed pages like you might see some 30+ years ago. I’m not sure if this was done purposefully, but it seemed to add to the old-time feel of the book – thought the events were supposed to take place only in the mid 1990s.
The pacing is quick and the plot is never dull. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention and the pages turning. All in all, it is a fast-paced thriller that is guaranteed to entertain.
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