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The Dead Can't Talk: Gritty and tense thriller you can't put down Kindle Edition
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Readers of Quantrill's work will know that the city of Hull plays a major part in his writing. Hull is to Quantrill as Edinburgh is to Rankin - the city itself becoming a character in its own right.
The Hull of the Geraghty novels still exists in The Dead Can't Talk, except Hull is now a city recently crowned the UK City of Culture. This being so, political machinations abound as the city readies itself for the spotlight. At the same time, a bye election - a shoe-in for prospective MP Graham Holdroyd - is attracting all sorts of attention.
Into this arena come Luke Carver - ex-military, recently released from prison, a man of means and determination, a man seeking a purpose - and Anna Stone, a police officer recently put on gardening leave for her an indiscretion at work, and the woman responsible for Carver's incarceration. Anna's sister's apparent suicide several years earlier has always haunted her. and now she has some time on her hands, she is determined to find the truth.
When Carver is framed for the murder of the woman across the hall of the shabby house he shares, Stone and Carver's paths cross once again - each with a truth to lay bare.
And then there is Graham Holdroyd - prospective MP - what of him and the secrets he holds?
As Carver and Stone delve into the murky past of the city, they uncover a web of lies and deceit that goes right to the heart city's establishment.
The Dead Can't Talk is written in Quantrill's distinctive clipped prose - the dialogue spot on, the story tight and brooding, a whole cast of characters weaving in and out of the story, each with their own secrets to guard.
As the different strands of the story are expertly pulled together, and the motives of each character comes to the fore, I was left with a degree of sympathy for each of them. And that is the beauty of Quantrill's writing. There are no good guys and there are no bad guys - just people. People who make mistakes, people who make errors of judgement, victims of birth, victims of fate, victims of circumstance.
In short, people who are real.
Quantrill does not judge. He simply writes. And that is why he is one of the few writers I have read everything of.
The Dead Can't Talk is a taught piece of British crime fiction that is another fantastic addition to the Quantrill canon, and I highly recommend it.
It has a cracking mix of corruption, scandal, old skool vice and murder! The story never lets you go, it stays gripping from the first to the last page.
I had huge hopes for the character of Luke Carver, especially as he is ex-military. my husband served for 15 years and has only been out for 2 years. I felt this was a very honest & accurate portrayal of the difficulties many ex-military personnel face upon leaving the services. The character development, his attachments to the other characters & his attempts to fit into a civvie world is exceptionally well written & the writer has done an outstanding job.
I felt the main plot reminded me of the series band of gold slightly with its glimpses into the world of sex workers. Its scary, dark and gripping!
I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written crime/thriller!
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.
In this book Nick introduces us to Anna Stone and Luke Carver, who feel compelled to solve a 25 year old murder, which they think has sparked off a more recent chain of events. Are they right or are they barking up the wrong tree? The only way to find out is to read it.........
The author conveys the mindsets of his main characters well, and early, ensuring the reader experiences their misgivings. Other threads, and equally multi-faceted sub-characters, are drawn in as facets of corruption are explored. Is denial a form? Is corruption of the soul worse than corruption for material gain?
This fast-paced page-turner stands as an excellent opener for a [hopefully] new series from Nick Quantrill as he digs a little deeper into the underbelly of the estuary city that is Kingston-upon-Hull. Great stuff.
I will read his other stories so it hasn't put me off.
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