- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Williams & Whiting (13 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911266527
- ISBN-13: 978-1911266525
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Revenge Of The Malakim: Volume 1 (The Grooming Parlour Trilogy) Paperback – 13 Feb 2017
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About the Author
Paul Harrison is a retired police officer with a successful career that spanned three decades. During that time he worked on some memorable high profile investigations, and interviewed countless criminals who operated within the darker side of humanity. Paul began writing and had his first book published during his time in the police. Since then, he has gone on to write 34 books, mainly in the field of true crime. Now he has turned all that experience into writing crime fiction. On retiring from the police, he spent time working with the English Judiciary, at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. During which time he gained what he describes as ‘an eye opening insight’ into what really happens behind the scenes of a criminal trial or civil hearing. The vast majority of Paul’s professional career has been within the criminal justice system. He’s worked in many varied and interesting roles throughout his life, and he cites as his greatest achievement to date unanimously winning The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Outstanding Individual of the Year Award 2009 by a panel of assessors that included the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. This primarily was for his voluntary work in the field of child and male abuse. He’s passionate about writing, and his first crime fiction novel trilogy is based on genuine experience. It is the first in a series of books that will feature lead detective, DCI Will Scott, and his trusted sidekick, DI Daisy Wright. This crime fighting duo will, throughout the series, find themselves not only investigating mysterious murders, but embroiled in the world of police, legal and establishment corruption also. Currently based in the North, and describing himself as a true northern lad, Paul is regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject of serial killers. He has interviewed many such offenders, which has provided a unique insight into their psychology, and all importantly, how and why they select their victims. Detail that will be used within future crime fiction novels. Paul has made guest appearances in several true crime documentaries on both television and radio. He is a popular and entertaining public speaker, and has talked at many high profile crime writing festivals and conferences, both at home, and on an international stage.
Top Customer Reviews
We are introduced to Will and Daisy – the main investigators, who bring in psychologist, Mandy, to supply insight into the very disturbed mind of the killer. As the title suggests, the plot is about vengeance, executed by the angel Malakim, who is not short of imaginative and horrific ways to see child abusers out of this world. There are some extremely gory details – but stick with it because the plot will take you to some unexpected places. With any luck you will guess who the avenging angel is, and I think that it is a confident author who helps the reader to get there, without giving too much away too soon. We meet the mysterious Felicity and we aren't sure if she is a good guy or not. She certainly seems to wield arcane powers that can be used to either help or hinder the investigation – or both.
Set in the shadow of Operation Yewtree, there is clearly more to be done to make the world a safer place for children, and the Malakim is committed to carrying out that work.
My only criticism is the character of Mal, Will's long suffering wife, who, in my opinion, is too good to be true. I imagine that most police officers would love to have a partner at home, as understanding and compliant as Mal – but in this day and age? Not a huge problem for me, and presumably she knew what she was getting into! A great read, and excellent to know that it is just the first of three.
I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I struggled a little at first with the detailed descriptive writing style, as it felt a bit slow and cumbersome at times but, once the pace of the story picked up, I soon got used to it and it came to realise that it added to the overall effect of the book.
I did guess who the perpetrator was quite early on, but it was still an enjoyable read. I will be interested to see where the author takes the characters in the other two books in the trilogy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Where to begin? I was drawn to this book as it is set in Bridlington, a town 'where nothing happens' and a place I know from childhood holidays. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Julie Ryan
I took to this book straight away. It had me gripped from page one! I loved the main character, DCI Scott, who was believable as a cop who not only cares about his work, but also... Read morePublished 10 days ago by TheQuietGeordie
Thoroughly enjoyed this gripping debut crime novel. Can't wait for the next book in the series!Published 1 month ago by Wendy Ellul
Great characters and storyline. I'll definitely look out for book 2 It was a bit overly descriptive in parts that made it seem a bit ponderous however it was a great bookPublished 1 month ago by Bridget McKeown
Excellent debut novel of a former police officer.This book is a real page turner and the hunt for a serial killer who punished paedophiles by torturing and killing them don't let... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Poirotliebhaber
this book will be a marmite read I think, for me the content and the descriptive nature of the crimes did not put me off but for many others I would imagine they may struggle with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo Gibson
I loved this book and was gripped from the beginning. I liked the main character will.But was always worried something was going to happen to his wife Mel as the relationship... Read morePublished 1 month ago by julie kouiret