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Ken McCoy
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Sam Carew is safe, and bored. When a beautiful woman asks for his help he can't help but but be intrigued. It turns out that in his old job as a copper Sam helped put away her father for murder.Even then Sam had his suspicions as to Kevin Kilpatrick's guilt, but as the man confessed to both violent murders of which he was accused, that was it. Case closed.

Nine years into two successive life sentences, Kilpatrick is still keeping schtum. His daughter, the delectable Alison, adamantly refuses to believe in her father's guilt and, using every womanly wile, encourages Sam to investigate.

A recent spate of murders, using a similar method as that used on one of Kilpatrick's supposed victims, convinces Sam she may have a point. However, he doesn't bargain on getting mixed up with one of the most ruthless crime families in the country.

The Robinson clan has its fingers in every pie: prostitution, drug rackets and blackmail are just some of the illegal enterprises, all hidden behind an innocent building supplies front. But what is their connection to the seemingly random murders? And who are the beautiful women the victims are reported to have been seen with before their untimely demise? The police at Unsworth nick are as obstructive as ever, and as Sam's relationship with DCI Bowman rapidly deteriorates, he finds himself relying on the clandestine but reluctant assistance of his good friend, DC Owen Price.

As the body count racks up, Sam realises he'll have to take his chances and come face to face with the killer - the elusive and aptly named Hammerhead - to knock this one on the head!

About the Author

KEN MCCOY was born in wartime Leeds and has lived in Yorkshire all his life. He ran his own building company for twenty-five years, during which time he worked as a freelance artist, and after-dinner entertainer. He has appeared on TV, radio and the stage. Married with five children, he is now a full-time writer and the author of eleven previous novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749081341
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective read. 17 Jun 2007
By Katht
This is the third in the Sam 'Mad' Carew series. This is a great detective read, with very well drawn characters and a plot that flows around them. There are many breath taking moments where I found myself thinking that's it and the plot twists around to something else leaving me gasping. Although a serious crime novel Mr Mccoy has a great sense of homour and there's some great scences that made be laugh and chuckle I read this book in three days over the last Bank Holiday, it was really hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good crime thriller 6 Sep 2013
By jimbob
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This is an excellent gritty crime thriller set in Yorkshire where, among other things, " Mad" Sam Carew has to find a contract killer before they find him.
The novel is full of action, sex, murder and mayhem tightly controlled with lots of believable, sometimes funny, characters. This story would make a great TV series. There is tension and interest throughout the novel with plenty of twists and turns right up to the end. As with all Ken McCoy's work you have to keep turning the page to find out what comes next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 2 April 2013
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Having read two previous books by this author, just has good, looking forward to the next one. Highly recommend you read but choose the first book which sets out the character Mad Carew.
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4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 4 Mar 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammerhead 6 Aug 2007
Sam Carew is an ex-copper. When he was kicked off the force he turned his hand to building after inheriting his father's business. But Sam misses the mental stimulation of an unsolved crime, so he moonlights part-time as a Private Investigator.

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt Sam. While he is having a drink in a pub one evening, the barmaid informs Sam that he arrested her father who was subsequently charged with murder. Sam remembers that there was something decidedly odd about the man's confession to two murders. Even the judge had doubts. But when a man pleads guilty, you don't question things too much. Sam knows he shouldn't touch this case with a barge-pole but when a beautiful young woman asks you to investigate, you can't say no, can you? At least Sam can't.

The method of one of the murders was very distinctive, involving the use of a ball-pein hammer. When he starts digging with the help of his mate, Detective Owen Price, Sam discovers that this wasn't the only death in this manner. There have been several others. It can't have been the man who confessed. He was locked up. So the question is, is there a serial killer out there, a copy-cat or something else? Finding the answers to these questions leads Sam into trouble and danger as he finds himself confronting one of the nastiest crime families you're ever likely to meet.

Ken McCoy started his writing career with sagas; mostly historical in nature, about young people overcoming hardships . Somewhere along the line he changed tack and created Sam "Mad" Carew.
Sam is intelligent and mouthy; two traits that haven't exactly endeared him to the local constabulary. Too often Sam has made them look silly with his wise-cracking and his ability to solve cases that have left them flummoxed.
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