Synopsis: John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he’s there. But then, that’s why he’s so dangerous.
A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised – and mutilated – countless victims. And now he’s on the move.
DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn – a place he never thought he’d set foot in again. But Sagan isn’t the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death. And with the victims chosen at random, no-one knows who will be next.
Least of all Heck…
My review: Thanks to netgalley’s free ARC I now have another author where I need to go track down their back catalogue. I really liked this book. Despite the blurb above a lot of the action is centered around two rival Bradburn gangs. Normally I hate gang crime novels but when you throw in a torturer for hire on the run, a crazy Russian and a flamethrowing serial killer you tend to stop grumping about the underlying drugs war being carried out.
Seriously this book packs a lot of action in. There’s car chases, shoot outs, renegade cops. For me I felt it was a novel of what would happen if New York was moved to Manchester. The same gritty feel and high drama but don’t forget to stop for tea and fish and chips! (I’m from Yorkshire – this is not a negative point…)
Even though this is Book 6, as a first timer it’s an ideal read as the return to Heck’s hometown reveals a whole backstory that plays into the rest of the novel. We find out why he’s a cop, why he has very little links to family and what drives him. There’s a lot of character development in this book. Also a good thing.
The pages fly by very fast. The story is set over a couple of weeks & it’s nearly 500 pages long but it takes no time to read the book. Every character had their own unique character and something I always like is to see/read the strong female ones and here we have two both senior to Heck and both very good at their jobs.
Excellent book and can’t wait to get the chance to go back and read the others.