Firetrap Hardcover – 31 Oct 2011
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Hodges uses the experience of 30-plus years in the job as an anvil of solid fact to beat out pacey tales of canteen culture cops. --Cheddar Valley News
Extremely well-written and passionately described crime-scenes. --Mid Somerset Series
About the Author
A former superintendent with Thames Valley Police, David Hodges is a prolific writer and former essayist. His first published crime thriller, Flashpoint, attracted critical media acclaim, prompting a second hard-hitting novel, Burnout, and his enthusiasm for crime fiction continued undiminished with Slice, the first of his thrillers published by Robert Hale. Firetrap is his latest nail-biting offering, but he promises there will be many others to follow. Hodges, who has two married daughters and four grandchildren, lives with his wife, Elizabeth, on the edge of the Somerset Levels, where he can fully indulge his love affair with crime writing.
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Kate Hamblin was a Detective Constable on a small police force. She had worked her way onto the investigative team and was on a stakeout watching Tony Duval with two other members of the team, Alf Cross and Andy Sheldon. Both were experienced and were friends of hers. Unfortunately, the transit van did not have a restroom, so she had to leave the van for a few minutes. As she was returning, a car drove up to the van and someone placed something by the door. Before she could draw a breath, the van exploded killing Alf and Andy. She was able to note that the SUV that drove up was different from Duval’s; but that didn’t keep her boss from pointing the finger at Duval and indicating that Hamblin was somehow in cahoots with him.
Hamblin was put on suspension but it didn’t stop her from trying to find the killer as she was convinced it wasn’t Tony Duval. With her boss and her boss’s boss wanting it to be Duval, she had to tread easily. Can she find the killer without being killed herself? Just who can she trust?
What follows is a whodunit and a howdunit that is gripping even as it occasionally, particularly near the end, becomes stomach-turning, too. Mine, at least.
What remains to be seen is if she will ever catch the bad guy who really is bad and not in a good way.