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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007492316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007492312
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (800 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Edge-of-the-seat reading…Heck is formidable – a British Alex Cross.” THE SUN

“Wonderfully dark and peppered with grim humour. Finch is a born storyteller and writes with the authentic voice of the ex-copper he is.” PETER JAMES

"An ingenious and original plot. Compulsive reading.” RACHEL ABBOTT

“A deliciously twisted and fiendish set of murders and a great pairing of detectives.” STAV SHEREZ

“Avon’s big star…part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa! An excellent series.” THE BOOKSELLER

“An explosive thriller that will leave you completely hooked on Heck.” WE LOVE THIS BOOK

About the Author

Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children's animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields.

Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at: www.paulfinch-writer.blogspot.com


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One of the best thrillers I've read for a long, long time. "Edge of the seat" stuff, wanted to keep reading until I found out who the perpetrators were.
Well written, very imaginative crimes, extremely thoroughly described, left me with tremendous sympathy for the victims and revulsion towards the killer(s). Very exciting climax. Looking out for his next book.
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As with Stalkers I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite the heinous acts contained in the story it was an excellent plot line, it gave me the same type of feeling when I read Messiah all those years ago, fast pace and quite dark especially being a woman but this is what makes it a good read and why I've given it 5 stars ,I really like Heckenburg as a character warts and all and am looking forward to February 2014 for the release of Hunted.
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Absolutely stunning. Easily one of my favourite books of the year. Paul Finch gives us a brutally graphic and intrinsically gripping story that is as good as any you will read. The attention Paul affords each character in the story gives the readers a real sense of the horror, despair and helplessness of what is happening. And it is brilliant for it.
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DS Heckenburg is trying to solve several murders all connected by the fact they are happening on the day of a celebrated holiday. It's causing nationwide panic but can he solve the case and arrest the perpetrator/s before any more lives have been lost?

WOW! I loved this book, I loved the characters and I loved the fast-paced action. The book just keeps making you have to guess what will happen next and I found myself wanting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. I have to say I enjoyed the last quarter of the book more than the rest, but all was thoroughly enjoyable, as it had the most action and more suspense.

I found myself gasping out loud towards the end, I can assure you I got a few concerned stares from the people around me because of it, and I was feeling sorry for what poor Claire had to endure. I love Heck, he has to be my favourite character in the book, and his constant perseverance of wanting to solve the case even if it means risking his own life, his great love and support for his fellow colleagues and the way he tries to always show them the positive side of things is admirable.

The description of the action was just perfect, not too shallow but not overwhelming, just the right amount. Throughout the book I actually found certain parts slightly scary, like not nightmare scary but scary enough for a book. The intensity of it all was actually quite overwhelming but it was by no means a negative characteristic of the book.

The cliffhanger was done very well and now I can't wait until the next book comes out to find out what case Heck will have to solve next.

I would definitely recommend this series to anybody who ever asks me for a book recommendation!
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Gripping pace, well drawn and contrasting characters. Sergeant Heckenberg is as good a main character as Morse or Jane Tennyson. The Tv roots of the writer are evident in the fast pace and the dialog that constantly moves the plot forward. Excellent all round.
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Can I be the 365th person to review this book? Will anyone read it?
If ever a book screamed movie it is this one. Paul Finch's background as a scriptwriter for the Bill and horror movies, his other horror stories in the small press and elsewhere, his actual experience as a Police Officer all come together in this book.
Paul can do subtle, but this is "Cape Wrath" Paul Finch and not "All Hallows." There are some very visual shocks in the first half. Too extreme really for my tastes. I prefer it when we get into the realistic Police work - even if it is a bit too "Life on Mars" for today's standards. The finale however is gloriously dramatic and cinematic.
Who to play the parts?
Gemma - Amanda Redman or Tamzin Outhwaite - Too obvious?
Heck - Philip Glenister - Ken Stott? Perhaps Tom Cruise would like it
Claire - mmmmm....
This is good, but there is a better DS Heckenberg yet to come..
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This is a really excellent 2nd book with 'Heck' as the central character. It is fast paced, exciting and hard to put down. make sure you have spare time to read it when starting as if you enjoy it as much as me you won't be able to put it down !
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By Ljr on 31 July 2013
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Another fantastic story sublimely written. February cannot come fast enough for the third instalment.

If you like fast paced tales that deliver on both content and story you'll love this book. Like the first it is gripping, brilliantly told and really draws you in.

Another brilliant book from Paul Finch.
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