Chill Factor (DI Charlie Priest Mystery)
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'Pawson is very much an author to keep one's eye on in future.' Birmingham Post 'An intellectual and earthy detective, Charlie Priest could well become for Yorkshire what Wycliffe is for Cornwall.' Publishing News 'One of Yorkshire's best-kept secrets. Highly recommended.' Crime Time 'The story far outranks the usual police procedural.' Yorkshire Post
About the Author
Stuart Pawson had a career as a mining engineer, followed by a spell working for the probation service, before he became a full-time writer. He lives in Fairburn, Yorkshire, and when not hunched over the word processor likes nothing more than tramping across the moors which often feature in his stories.
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The tale centres around the murder of a murderer to which a confession is readily given and which, at first sight, is highly believable. Although almost from page 1 the reader is encouraged to believe Charlie Priest's nonbelief in the confession, it is the manner by which Priest proves, against his colleagues, that he is right and they are wrong which carries the book along at a fair pace. There is plenty of forensic insight, past research and detailed characterisation to keep most readers on edge although a contract taken out on Charlie hatched from a prison cell perhaps stretches one's imagination too far.
Pawson shows an excellent grasp of the way in which the forces of law and order function and the cynical touch where some of them are concerned does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. In the main his attention to detail is excellent though one felt using an angle grinder to strip paintwork from a car bonnet might have destroyed the very evidence it was designed to reveal.
All in all, a jolly good read which bodes well for the future.
First published in 2001 this is the seventh book in the DI Charlie Priest series. Priest is a no nonsense straight talking Yorkshire copper, whose one failing is that he always seems to attract trouble. It doesn't matter whether it is in his private life or his career, Charlie always has something trying to hold him back in his hectic life.
After reading the comments of the previous reviewer, I can only agree that Stuart Pawson and his gritty character Charlie Priest deserve even more recognition than they are presently getting. The character of DI Priest is a recognizable image of what many people expect, (even though they may never have had any meaningful dealing with the police) a copper to be like. Devoted to his job, dogged determination but with more than a hint of humour when it is appropriate
The synopsis for the book is produced above and needs no addition from me. Anyway, the last thing you need in a crime novel is too much information. Regarding the story in general, I though it was up there with Stuart Pawson's other novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took it on holiday for the boring bits - outward and inward travelling. even forgot that I was in the Channel Tunnel!Published 1 month ago by Mr R S FAVELL
Service excellent as usual. Have not read this one yet but am sure it will be as good as all the others I have read by this AuthorPublished 6 months ago by regular custome
UP TO PAWSON'S USUAL HIGH STANDARD. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS STORY.Published 9 months ago by ANN LEE
This book is a very good read keeps you guessing until the end as do all the Charlie Priest stories by Stuart PawsonPublished on 10 July 2013 by Granny
If he were a real person, the streets would be a hell of a lot safer!
As always, really well written. Can't wait for the next instalment.