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  • 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)
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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.

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Retired police officers take up disparate second careers. One I know became ordained, having waited all those years for women to be allowed to become priests; another took a first degree, then a doctorate in fine art, and went on to become a successful lecturer. With this stonking good debut novel, it is clear that Paul Harrison has found his potentially highly successful second career.
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.
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By Jan H on 30 May 2017
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This book had me enthralled. Brought out the amateur detective in me, I changed my mind a half a dozen times as to who the bad guy was. Wrong....the bad guy came right out of left field....brilliant Paul,, a thrilling read. Can't wait for the next book.
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Builds from a stuttering start into a very absorbing and provocative tale. Well worth the read. Looking forward to number two.
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I have now read this book three times, I loved it. Exciting characters and dealing with could have been a difficult subject, but Paul Harrison covers it expertly. I cannot wait for the next book and am so pleased I bought this. Something a bit different which made it all the more enjoyable. Great!
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This is an excellent, topical police procedural which not only examines police work but the precarious interaction with councils, cross boundary communication between police forces, politics and MI5. The main character Will Scott with his side-kick Daisy are strongly painted. I thought they were a tad slow to spot the significance of the MO in the first victim but I'll leave that as writers' licence to embellish the plot. What a whitewash this book reveals. Am I surprised? Not really - no, but it leaves me with very disquieting thoughts. I've never heard of a Malakim - the perp's calling card and its' significance so that was an interesting part of the plot. I was also intrigued how the Yew Tree investigation was woven into the plot and certainly a year after Savile's death in 2011 (I think) a hornet's nest was opened. This book certainly gave me a lot to think about and I look forward to the rest of the trilogy. Lastly, it was personally of interest to me as I live in Bridlington.
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Oh boy! One of those books you pick up and can’t put down. Gruesome murders are occurring in the quiet seaside town of Bridlington. DI Will Scott and his team have their hands full. I always take to a book that has a strong lead and a character that you can relate to as they have a background as well as a job and Will Scott has this in spades. A man you could imagine as your neighbour, a thoroughly nice bloke but with enough guts and tenacity to see a job through to the end. There are some descriptive scenes but nothing that put me off my dinner. A well thought out plot, excellent descriptions and wonderful characters. I look forward to more from WIll and the team. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
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Revenge of the Malakim is the story of a serial killer seeking revenge in the most brutal and gruesome manner. The author goes into graphic detail, which didn’t bother me but I would imagine could be a little uncomfortable for some readers. The story also deals with the issues of child abuse, and government ‘cover ups’, which added other dimensions than just a run-of-the-mill murder mystery.

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.
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Great book! What was particularly liked about this book was that Will has a wife and children and work colleagues who he gets on with. So many books are full of police officers stepping over and on each other in their scramble to the top. Too many are divorced or unable to maintain any kind of relationship with a fellow human being. The book lost a star because the minute the murderer made their appearance I knew. It didn't spoil my enjoyment because I was interested to see how the author would get there. It did make me think that Will and Daisy were a bit dim not to pick up on the clues! All that being said it was an enjoyable book that I stayed up late to finish because I wanted to find out what happened. What more can a reader expect? I will be looking for more from this author
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