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Hunted (Detective Mark Heckenburg Book 5) Kindle Edition

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“Edge-of-the-seat reading…Heck is formidable – a British Alex Cross.” THE SUN

“Wonderfully dark and peppered with grim humour. Finch is a born storyteller and writes with the authentic voice of the ex-copper he is.” PETER JAMES

"An ingenious and original plot. Compulsive reading.” RACHEL ABBOTT

“A deliciously twisted and fiendish set of murders and a great pairing of detectives.” STAV SHEREZ

“Avon’s big star…part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa! An excellent series.” THE BOOKSELLER

“An explosive thriller that will leave you completely hooked on Heck.” WE LOVE THIS BOOK

About the Author

Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children’s animation and for Dr Who.

However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers, crime and horror. His best known work to date is the five-novel DS Heckenburg crime series, the first three titles of which all attained official bestseller status.

Paul lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at www.paulfinchauthor.com, his blog at www.paulfinch-writer.blogspot.co.uk, and he can be followed on Twitter as @paulfinchauthor.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1597 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (7 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN5ESUQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 193 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

A series of freaky and tragic accidents have been taking place. A man is burnt alive in his car, whilst another is impaled through his chest with scaffolding. These things happen right?

When DS Mark "Heck" Heckenburg is called in to investigate one of these accidents he has his suspicions. More deaths confirm what he has been thinking. There is definitely something sinister at play and even Heck isn't safe. Will he solve the case before it's too late?

I absolutely loved 'Hunted'. Hooked from the very first page, this book didn't disappoint at all. It was fast-paced with lots of thrills and shocks along the way and it kept me guessing. Until now I had never actually read any of Paul Finch's books, but I was so impressed by his writing. The man is a true genius. I really liked DS Heckenburg and I hope that there will be more adventures with him.

One thing that I really didn't expect was for some of the locations mentioned in the story to be near to where I live. It was really quite bizarre and felt like a dream.

If you are a fan of crime fiction I really recommend you get yourself a copy of 'Hunted'. You don't have to have read the previous books in the series as they are standalone novels.
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2015
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One VERY important thing you need to remember to do when reading this book is BREATHE!!! I found myself holding my breath in far too many parts of this book but all in a very good way. I only recently discovered Paul Finch and his first release featuring DS Mark Heckenburg (or Heck as he is better known) was a knockout. The 3 following books in the series were all great but didn’t quite have the same pull for me as the debut to the series Stalkers. Until now…

Heck is contacted by his boss and ex-lover Gemma Piper to go and take a look at a strange case which involves a supposed accidental death. It involves going down to leafy Surrey and having to meet a new group of coppers namely one Gail Honeyford. It appears that they already have their suspicions and Gail is already on the case. However, Heck not only has the challenge of a difficult temporary colleague, but of more than one strange and bizarre cases. It seems like no type of crime from the bizarre to the downright shocking is exempt from the cases that keep cropping up.

From the outset the pace ratchets up and rarely gives you time to breathe. A few times I realised I was holding my breath for longer than necessary and as usual Heck manages to get himself into some awful positions. I for one will never look at an image of a spider in a glass jar without thinking about a particular scene in this book. Although Gemma Piper has featured in previous books she is not really a main actor in this latest instalment and if I’m honest I think that’s a good thing. It leaves open so many more possibilities, yet leaves her in the series (so to speak, sorry not very well articulated there…but you know what I mean).

Overall, this book was a first class one from Mr Finch, and certainly an instalment that will keep me going back for more. Thank goodness there is another book due for release later this year! Highly recommended book AND series.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2015
Format: Paperback
Highly entertaining (and gruesome in the best way possible) crime fiction here - This is my first Paul Finch novel, I did play a bit with the idea of catching up with the series before reading this- I have actually now got a little pile of Finch novels sat in my tbr pile - but in the end I decided to dive right in with the latest.

Really enjoyed it. Probably more than I should have done given the premise, but I loved Heck, didnt feel as if I had lost anything by reading this one first and the story was terrifically addictive and really very clever.

Heck works for the serial crimes unit which gives him great scope to get into anything - in this case a nasty accident that may not have been an accident finds him in Surrey - and when he uncovers a series of unfortunate events that seem to be plaguing the population there he decides to stay for a while.

He's a great character. Likeable, a little odd but then who isnt? And he certainly thinks outside the box which makes him very intriguing. I also liked sidekick (for this novel anyway) Gail who hopefully we will meet again. The relationship between these two was one of the strengths of the novel for me, especially as someone coming in cold to a character who has already had time to develop - she is meeting him for the first time as well.

The case they are investigating really is magnificently imagined, the descriptive prose when it comes to the more violent parts of "Hunted" are simply brilliant, putting you right there and definitely giving a few shivery moments. If you are an arachnophobe beware!

Overall a really terrific crime novel, beautifully written, hauntingly scary at times I'm definitely a fan. I will certainly be reading the backlist and really looking forward to the next.

Happy Reading Folks!

**Netgalley copy**
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Format: Paperback
I last encountered ‘Heck’ during his last investigation in the Lakes (in the eerily good Dead Man Walking). Although references are made to this past case and touches on a little on previous history, it’s only briefly. It certainly wouldn’t prevent someone new to this series from enjoying this book. The writer has made it incredibly easy to get stuck right straight in, just like Heck when he’s solving his cases!

The previous book was unnerving, but for me Hunted was so much better. It’s non-stop, it’s grim and it has even weirder perpetrators – the perfect crime combo.

With the level of heinous crimes being committed, the Serial Crimes Unit needs skilled officers like DS Mark Heckenburg: he’s hands-on, a quick-thinker and looks outside the box for answers.

Which is why he’s the first person his boss, DI Gemma Piper, calls on when her mum raises concerns about the death of a member of her golf club. Something seems peculiar to Piper’s mother. One Harold Lansing had recently died in an unfortunate car accident outside his home. However, prior to this he’d been involved in another strange incident where a model aeroplane knocked him unconscious and into water where he was fishing.

Is it coincidence, or something more sinister? Cue Heck. As ‘odd’ is his speciality, he’s the best officer to apply his unique investigative skills and look for answers.

But what he can offer with his irregular methods solving crime, he loses in subtlety. He makes his way to the local station and in his usual style he quickly manages to ruffle a few feathers, including those of his temporary partner, the young and ambitious DC Gail Honeyford. Needless to say they don’t see eye to eye on the investigation.
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