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The Dead Can't Talk: Gritty and tense thriller you can't put down Kindle Edition
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An ex Army ex prisoner, and the police woman who arrested him who is currently on sick leave, and isn't sure if she'll return to the force or not. An odd combination you may think, but they work together extremely well. A couple of corrupt cops, a dodgy politician, prostitutes, and general low lives go to make this a brilliant story.
The author certainly knows his way around Hull and the surrounding area, which for me adds to the excitement.
But, and this is a big but. The reason I've dropped a couple of stars is that unfortunately in the Kindle version there are so many typing mistakes and grammatical errors. This must obviously be down to the proof reader if in fact it was proof read in the first place!
However, it was a great read and it won't put me off reading more about Stone and Carver in the future.
I will read his other stories so it hasn't put me off.
The Dead Can’t Talk introduces us to two new protagonists – cop Anna Stone and ex- soldier Luke Carver. They are brought together to look into a murder, and an apparent suicide but all is not as it seems, of course.
Quantrill again gives us a perfectly paced criminal investigation but the tension is greater and the twist and turns are tighter this time. The characters are all typically well drawn, most notably the city of Hull itself. This is a novel of deceptive breadth and scope.
The Dead Can’t Talk is the start of what is sure to be another great social-realist crime fiction series from Nick Quantrill. Highly recommended.
Luke Carver is ex-army and he’s struggling to make a life for himself, as a civilian. He was sent to prison thanks to the efforts of one police officer, Anna Stone. Stone is fed up with the police, after her journalist sister went missing and it was assumed she had committed suicide. She is deciding where her future lies. A sex worker was murdered twenty five years ago. Carver and Stone find themselves unlikely allies hunting for the truth, when a piece of evidence about the murder is handed to them.
We get a story of corruption, of secrets and lies, of an underclass of poverty and a backdrop of the less touristy side Hull. This is a seedy Hull; the desperate hidden side of a city, with its casual violence, sex workers and people living on the very edge. We get a real sense of how incredibly difficult it must for the less affluent residents. Luke Carver, as an ex-army man, is trying his best to get by and to make something of his life. He is stuck with a criminal record and limited choices, living in a grotty bedsit. He is incredibly well drawn and it was fascinating seeing the world from his perspective. Anna Stone is the exact opposite of Luke, wealthy enough to go travelling and see the world. She is a woman with a focus, determined to find out what happened to her sister.
This was really superb, told with a refreshing style and a beautiful dark edge. I found myself immensely enjoying the world of Carver and Stone in Hull. Mr Quantrill, you have a new fan!
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