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Sacrifice (Detective Mark Heckenburg Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Finch
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Innocent people are dying. Who will be next? Find out in the second Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg from #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch.

A vicious serial killer is holding the country to ransom, publicly - and gruesomely - murdering his victims.

When a man is burnt alive on a bonfire, it seems like a tragic Guy Fawkes Night accident. But with the discovery of a young couple on Valentine’s Day – each with an arrow through the heart – something more sinister becomes clear. A ‘calendar killer’ is on the loose.

Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is up against it. With a rising body count and the public’s eyes on him, Heck must find the killer before he executes more victims.

Because this killer has a plan. And nothing will stop him completing it.

A heart-stopping and grisly thriller that will enthral fans of Stuart MacBride and Katia Lief.

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    Praise for STALKERS:

    “[Stalkers] is ace. Really terrific, compulsive stuff which was given top marks…definitely a talent to watch.” (The Bookseller: One to Watch)

    “Stalkers is a very dark premise… it'll have you by the throat until you get to the end.” (Books and Writers)

    Praise for SACRIFICE:

    “Avon’s big star…part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa!” (The Bookseller)

    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 crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children's animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields.

    Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at:

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    Paul Finch studied History at Goldsmiths, London, before becoming a cop in the north west of England. He then let his passion for writing allow him to follow a career in journalism. Now a full time writer, he first 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. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers and horrors.

    His crime debut novel, STALKERS, was a no 1 ebook best seller in 2013 and introduced DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg. This was followed last July 2013 by the sequel, SACRIFICE, and May 2014 by the third in the series, THE KILLING CLUB. The fourth, DEAD MAN WALKING, will follow in November 2014, with the fifth, HUNTED, in February 2015. The Heck series is also to be published in Germany, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan.

    In addition to his Heck novels, Paul has had twelve books and nearly 300 stories and novellas published on both sides of the Atlantic. His first collection, AFTER SHOCKS (Ash-Tree Press), won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, KID. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for his mid-length story, THE OLD NORTH ROAD. His short novel, CAPE WRATH (Telos), was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in 2002, and several other collections of his stories and novellas have been published since, all of them well received by fans and readers. His horror novel, STRONGHOLD, was published by Abaddon Books in 2010, and the same year Pendragon Press published his highly rated festive terror tale, SPARROWHAWK. Paul has also written three DR WHO audio dramas for Big Finish - LEVIATHAN, SENTINELS OF THE NEW DAWN and HEXAGORA, and THRESHOLD, the pilot episode for the DR WHO spin-off series, COUNTER MEASURES. Paul's DR WHO novel, HUNTER'S MOON was published by BBC Books in 2011.

    Paul is no stranger to film either, having written scripts for several horror movies. Two of these, SPIRIT TRAP and THE DEVIL'S ROCK, were released in 2005 and 2011 respectively, while his short story THE BELFRIES, is currently being adapted in Hollywood, and his movie script WAR WOLF is under development by Amber Entertainment.

    Wearing an editor's hat, Paul is also responsible for the TERROR TALES series from Gray Friar Press, a collection of ghost and horror anthologies exploring the folklore, history and geography of the various regions of Britain.

    Paul Finch lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finch fan, Liverpool 15 Aug. 2013
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    As with Stalkers I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite the heinous acts contained in the story it was an excellent plot line, it gave me the same type of feeling when I read Messiah all those years ago, fast pace and quite dark especially being a woman but this is what makes it a good read and why I've given it 5 stars ,I really like Heckenburg as a character warts and all and am looking forward to February 2014 for the release of Hunted.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 3 Jan. 2014
    By Colin
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    Gripping pace, well drawn and contrasting characters. Sergeant Heckenberg is as good a main character as Morse or Jane Tennyson. The Tv roots of the writer are evident in the fast pace and the dialog that constantly moves the plot forward. Excellent all round.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and Gripping 16 Oct. 2013
    By Kurtz
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Absolutely stunning. Easily one of my favourite books of the year. Paul Finch gives us a brutally graphic and intrinsically gripping story that is as good as any you will read. The attention Paul affords each character in the story gives the readers a real sense of the horror, despair and helplessness of what is happening. And it is brilliant for it.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrifice by Paul Finch 19 Aug. 2013
    By Cully8
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    Just finished this book, great story, and I look forward to the reading more by this author. The characters were believable, (unlike some books I've read!) Loved it from start to finish!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 9 Nov. 2013
    By Zoe
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    DS Heckenburg is trying to solve several murders all connected by the fact they are happening on the day of a celebrated holiday. It's causing nationwide panic but can he solve the case and arrest the perpetrator/s before any more lives have been lost?

    WOW! I loved this book, I loved the characters and I loved the fast-paced action. The book just keeps making you have to guess what will happen next and I found myself wanting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. I have to say I enjoyed the last quarter of the book more than the rest, but all was thoroughly enjoyable, as it had the most action and more suspense.

    I found myself gasping out loud towards the end, I can assure you I got a few concerned stares from the people around me because of it, and I was feeling sorry for what poor Claire had to endure. I love Heck, he has to be my favourite character in the book, and his constant perseverance of wanting to solve the case even if it means risking his own life, his great love and support for his fellow colleagues and the way he tries to always show them the positive side of things is admirable.

    The description of the action was just perfect, not too shallow but not overwhelming, just the right amount. Throughout the book I actually found certain parts slightly scary, like not nightmare scary but scary enough for a book. The intensity of it all was actually quite overwhelming but it was by no means a negative characteristic of the book.

    The cliffhanger was done very well and now I can't wait until the next book comes out to find out what case Heck will have to solve next.

    I would definitely recommend this series to anybody who ever asks me for a book recommendation!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 1 Jan. 2014
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    This was the second book read by this author. Enjoyed it more than the first. The characters have developed and while the story was improbable at times kept you in suspense and eager to keep reading.
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    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrifice 2 Aug. 2013
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    One of the best thrillers I've read for a long, long time. "Edge of the seat" stuff, wanted to keep reading until I found out who the perpetrators were.
    Well written, very imaginative crimes, extremely thoroughly described, left me with tremendous sympathy for the victims and revulsion towards the killer(s). Very exciting climax. Looking out for his next book.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Stalkers but worth the read 6 Aug. 2013
    By Janine
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    Not as fast pace or gripping as Stalkers but still had a good twist. Found it much more descriptive in places which led to it feeling a bit slow pace but still glad I read it and will be pre ordering his next instalment
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