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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (2 Jan. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1908910658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908910653
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,114,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Robinson is a Yorkshireman living on the outskirts of Manchester, northwest England, with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe).

David writes in several genres under different pseudonyms, but his mainstay is crime and mystery. In January 2012 Crooked Cat Publishing picked up the first of his popular Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, The Filey Connection. Since then a further eleven STAC Mysteries have been published by Crooked Cat and more titles are planned for 2015.

He also produces darker, edgier thrillers, such as The Handshaker, The Deep Secret and Voices; titles which are aimed exclusively at an adult audience and which question our perceptions of reality.

In a more light-hearted mood again, he uses the sledgehammer humour of his alter-ego Flatcap, to reflect on the absurdities of the world at large. Four Flatcap volumes are currently available for download.

As at October 2014, he is working on the 13th STAC Mystery, working title, A Theatrical Murder, which will be set in Skegness (a British seaside resort) in January. He is also preparing for the launch of the second Spookies Mystery, The Man In Black, which is due out late November.

Make sure you keep up with the latest news. Visit the STAC Mysteries official website at: http://stacmysteries.com/

Website and blog http://www.dwrob.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Feb. 2012
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A serial killer is out there, targeting women, using them and when he's finished with them, he leaves them hanging...quite literally!

The police are at a loss as to who the Killer could be, despite the copious amounts of DNA he has quite happily left behind with each body. Not to mention the typewritten cryptic clues that have been ignored or dismissed.

When local 'retired' celebrity hypnotist 'Alex croft' receives one of these cryptic clues in his mail, he recognises the content to be 'out of the ordinary'.

On the advice of his girlfriend, Croft takes the note to the police and with his help; the police begin to develop a profile of the serial killer at large.

The profile that begins to emerge is significantly close to his own. When his girlfriend fails to return home from work, Croft also discovers that she never made it to work in the first place. Croft is immediately concerned for her safety. Fearing that she may have become another victim of the serial killer, Croft reports her disappearance to the police only to find that he is now the number one suspect.

He has to work quickly to prove his innocence and save his girlfriend from suffering the same fate of the previous victims. Victims of the man that has become known as 'The Handshaker'.

This is one compelling rollercoaster of a read.

From the very first page, David Robinson weaves spellbinding, strong imagery and research into this psychological crime thriller; effectively securing your attention by the throat, leading you kicking and screaming to the final page.

To say that I 'enjoyed' reading this book seems strange, given the subject matter, but I did. What's more, I enjoyed it for all the right reasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ailsa Abraham on 23 Aug. 2013
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Having read some of David Robinson's more "cosy murder" STAC series, I was interested to find another genre. This one hit all the Gs - gripping, gory and ghastly. Knowing that the author trained in hypno-therapy, the authenticity of the background is never in question. While finding the perp utterly revolting, I also found him believable. Some quirks were masterstrokes - the underlying complaints of the traffic problems in the town reflecting the failure to move forward for the police in their enquiries was genius.
Why only four stars? I'm a TV crime series fanatic and using the old formula of "it is the character who does not seem to have a role in the plot + the least likely person = the murderer" I worked out fairly early on who was the prime suspect but not WHY.
This is not a read for the faint-hearted but with the usual warning of "scenes some viewers might find upsetting" I would recommend it to anyone who is into psychological thrillers and I look forward to reading more in this genre from this author.
I also think it would make a wonderful TV film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jlbwye on 7 Oct. 2013
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I don't think I've ever read a book like this before.
The revolting depraved sex scene described in the first chapter put me off. But I'm an admirer of David Robinson's lighter mysteries, and I summoned the courage to read on.
He is an accomplished writer; knows how and when to build suspense, and keep his reader on tenterhooks, waiting for another clue while he uncovers yet one more detail of past history.
The disgusting sex scenes increase, bringing an element of sameness as the murders multiply, but I think I've identified the villain, and I'm fascinated by the power of hypnotism. Can someone really commit murder and suicide under its influence?
For once, I managed to pick out the murderer well before the end, although I must admit I did begin to wonder...
I usually avoid books with explicit sex scenes and shudder at perversion, so I'm afraid I cannot subjectively rate this one highly. But it is well written, with a well contrived plot, and I've no doubt will appeal greatly to those who enjoy this genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gardiner on 19 Aug. 2013
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Having enjoyed 'Voices' by the same author, I looked forward to reading 'The Handshaker' and it didn't disappoint. It's a hard-hitting murder-mystery with a fast-paced narrative that leaves you breathless. With its insight into hypnotism as a method of gaining power over others and some chapters from the point of view of the murderer himself - this is a dark and challenging read.

David W Robinson's novels are always carefully crafted and ingeniously plotted, and 'The Handshaker' twists, turns and keeps you guessing until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Woolly Bear on 27 May 2012
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I must admit to having become rather jaded with 'serial killers' of late, so this novel was a superb surprise. There is a fine line between being bombarded with technical information or feeling deprived of knowledge which would enhance your reading enjoyment. This author has hit the perfect balance thus enabling the reader to garner ultimate satisfaction with this novel regarding the subject of hypnotherapy. The structure, theme and plot are very well developed and different and kept my attention for the whole book. There was no arid spot in the middle as so often is the case with this genre; no formulaic prose and no worn cliches or platitudes. The characters are human, believable and for the most, likeable; their frailties and strengths are exposed through concise, tight dialogue, which gives them depth and also enhances the pace. The writers style is easy, fluid and confident - nothing contrived here - and a joy to read. I connected emotionally with these characters and actually felt their pain, frustration and horror. I also felt intense anger when two of the main characters did something with which, I did not agree! I actually sat for a good few minutes questioning their actions and had to come to the conclusion that under intense stress, do any of us know what we would do or how we would find solace? I'm still wondering about that...The killer was hideous, but clever - a perfect psychopath, who kept very well hidden until...

An excellent, exciting read, but I won't be consulting a hypnotherapist any time in the near future, thank you.
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