Following the brutal murder of Dawn Silverton, a young estate agent in West London, a quiet urban district is thrown into panic.
Detective Inspector Scott Daley and Sergeant Deborah Whetstone, of the North London Homicide Unit, investigate. They discover uncanny similarities to a violent murder four years ago, sparking fears that a serial killer is at large in the City.
Soon the victims are linked to a university group from the 1990s and a cloak of conspiracies and half-truths stretching back decades. The self-appointed leader of the group, the enigmatic Drew Carmichael, is the Svengali who binds the friends together in a web of lies and secrets, each one seemingly unable to break free. Suddenly, it is a race against time as the killer strikes again and the loyalties of the group are stretched to breaking point.
Why have a seemingly unconnected group of people stayed so close? What deadly confidence do the all share? Which one has the least to lose and the most to gain?
As loyalties begin to splinter, as accusations begin to fly, will Daley and Whetstone uncover the grudge stretching back decades to a killer with taste for revenge?
Ryan Stark's debut novel is a masterclass in British Detective Crime thrillers, slowly building the suspense to a jaw-dropping climax.
His storytelling comes into it's own in a compelling Traditional Detective story, reminiscent of Noir and Pulp Fiction novels of the great British Detective authors. The interplay between the characters gives them another dimension, which draws you into the twists and turns of the plot, leaving you breathless.
Some feedback for Killing by the Book:
"Slowly building, reeling you in until you can't put it down."
"Gripping read. Rich in detail and disturbingly dark. I'm looking forward to the follow-up. Unputdownable!"
"I took this away on holiday and it kept me going through travel and quiet evenings nicely."
"3 dimensional characters, plausible scenarios, gradually revealing the truth. Hurry up with the next one!"
Categories for Killing by the Book
- Traditional Detectives
- Literature & Fiction
- British police procedurals murder mysteries
- Police Procedurals
- British Detectives
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Vigilante Justice
- Law & crime