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Savage Moon [Paperback]

Chris Simms
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4 Sep 2008

The body of a woman with her throat ripped out is found on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester. She is discovered in an area where several sightings of a mysterious large black cat have been made.

When analysis shows that hairs caught under the victim's nails are those of a panther, it is assumed that the animal has killed its first human prey.

But then a man DI Jon Spicer is investigating as part of an entirely different case is murdered in exactly the same way. Only this time the body is found in a secluded car park - a popular gay rendezvous far closer to the city centre.

Soon DI Spicer finds himself hunting a killer dubbed The Monster of the Moor, a creature whose stealth and savagery strike terror into the local population and way beyond it to the whole of the north west . . .

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893631
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. Along with nominations for Crime Writers' Association Daggers and the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year award, Chris was selected by Waterstones as one of their '25 authors for the future'.

The idea for his debut novel, Outside the White Lines, came to him in the early hours of the morning while broken down on the hard shoulder of the M40.
His series of DI Spicer novels - psychological thrillers set very firmly in Manchester - follow the police detective's fortunes as he pursues mad, bad and deadly individuals through the city's ever-changing landscape.

In October 2012, Scratch Deeper was launched - a new series featuring Detective Constable Iona Khan of Manchester Police's Counter Terrorism Unit.

Chris says he is drawn to books that give insights into unusual minds. The twisted desires of Frederick in John Fowles', The Collector; the tormented thoughts of Scobie in Graham Greene's Heart of the Matter; the violent urges of Francie in Patrick McCabe's Butcher Boy are all books Chris states had an influence in shaping him as a writer.

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Simms homes in on very real human evil (GUARDIAN)

A gripping thriller... the latest in a tradition of great British crime novels featuring memorable coppers (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

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When a woman is found on the moors with her throat ripped out, Detective Inspector Jon Spicer is called in to investigate

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one.. 30 Dec 2008
By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE
...this time featuring Saddleworth Moor which has it's own dark secrets even before the gruesome murder of Rose Sutton.

The case is intriguing, yet seemingly simple. It looks like a panther or similar large cat is out there and has developed a taste for something more than mutton. But then another mutilated corpse is found and to cover all possibilities, DI Jon Spicer is thrown into investigating the sordid world of dogging and sad perverts.

As I've mentioned in a previous book review, I like the character Jon Spicer and could almost read this series of books just to find out what's happening to him. In this novel he's got plenty more to worry about than just the case he's on. Simms successfully creates a believable character who the reader really cares about.

The story as a whole is an interesting premise, although I have to admit that the reality of the case seemed a little far fetched and I've deducted a star for that reason. It's certainly thrilling though, and a night walk on the moor was particularly scary...I was almost holding my breath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not as good as 'Shifting Skin' 26 Feb 2008
I loved 'Shifting Skin', so I'd been saving 'Savage Moon' for a couple of months, waiting for a time when I would have a book to read that was guaranteed to be great.

The novel starts when the body of a woman is found on the moors, seemingly attacked by a wild animal, presumed to be a panther. Her murder is investigated as such until a man is found with similar injuries but this time in a car park, known as a haunt for gay men looking for a rendezvous! DI Spicer is not convinced that the killer is a panther and looks for a human suspect, not an easy task when many people appear to be keeping secrets.

This is a good read, like a cross between a Daziel and Pascoe novel crossed with 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'! There's a good balance between the work on the investigation and Jon Spicer's home life, his wife having had a new baby and suffering from post-natal depression. It's nice that not all Detectives have to be socially inept and lonely.

I deducted one star because it wasn't as good as his earlier novels, but it's still worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savagery Has Many Forms 10 Feb 2008
By Bubba
What starts off as a who-dun-it gets spookier as it almost becomes a gothic horror with a hint of the supernatural, only to spring another surprise in a story that shows that savagery can take many forms. Mr Simms seems drawn to the darker corners of human nature. The idea that we live in a jungle never far from cruel behaviour is shown up in mystery thriller that grabs right from the beginning. I just hope he has lighter side to his life while he's giving the rest of us sleepless nights!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hit again 20 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just finished yet another great DO Spicer book by Chris Simms. Think I can safely say I'm hooked. I highly recommend him.
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