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Two O'Clock Boy: One detective. One killer. One shared secret. (DI Ray Drake) by [Hill, Mark]
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A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down. (Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice)

Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling! (Louise Voss)

A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him. (Alex Marwood)

Enter DI Ray Drake, the flawed, sharply-drawn lead of this promising new series. The author has an unerring ability to give incidents a biting sense of reality (Sunday Times (Crime Club Best Debuts of the Year))

Ambitiously complex and compelling, Two O'Clock Boy left me deliciously uncomfortable and blindsided by that final twist! (Angela Clarke)

Two O'Clock Boy is surely going to be the hardest debut of 2017 to beat. What a story and what a superb writer! (Alex Gray)

As poignant as it is gripping. (Jake Kerridge Sunday Express)

An assured, dark and gritty debut marking the start of what looks like a great series (Stav Sherez)

An unsettling and powerful story. The plot cleverly weaves past and present - with shocking, edge-of-the-seat twists until its heart-stopping finale (David Young, author of Stasi Child)

Fiercely fresh and wonderfully written. DI Drake is a marvellous creation and I can't wait to read more (SJI Holliday)

A compelling read, packed with unexpected twists and explosive secrets, that builds to a shocking and unforgettable climax. A fantastic debut. (Rod Reynolds)

Mark Hill has written a brilliant debut with characters that linger in the subconscious long after reading. I devoured The Two O'Clock Boy and can't wait to see what he does next. He's a real talent. (Steve Cavanagh)

A cracking debut from a talent to watch (Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle)

I loved The Two O'Clock Boy! It's gripping and scary and twisty and unpredictable (Valentina Giambanco)

At a stroke, Mark Hill has joined the upper echelons of London crime writers (Barry Forshaw, Crime Time)

Enough cunning plot twists to keep you hooked right up to the nerve-jangling denouement. (Paul Burston)

DI Drake is the flawed detective most of us can only dream of writing (Isabelle Grey)

Twisty, gripping and gritty, Two O'Clock Boy is an exciting start to a major new crime series (Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door)

Unputdownable! (Claire Evans, author of The Fourteenth Letter)

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Mark Hill's debut TWO O'CLOCK BOY is the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake - the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (22 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FFZH4LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for the next one!! Mark Hill creates an interesting and twisted tale around a children's home and its hidden history...
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Loved it. Pacey, twisty and dark. Old school crime thriller with a contemporary face lift… Mr Hill’s well drawn character drag you along a kaleidoscopic journey in shades of black. Well done sir… lets have another!!!
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Kenny Overton is a petty criminal trying to go straight. Working the night shift in a supermarket he is trying his best to do the right thing, to make up for a life of mistakes, a life which began in a dismal and deprived children’s home many years ago. But someone doesn’t want to give Kenny that second chance. Someone has been watching him, waiting for the right time to make Kenny pay for his past, to deny him his happy ending. And that time is now.

When DI Ray Drake and newly promoted DS Flick Crowley are called out to the scene of a vicious multiple murder, they sense that this is not going to be a straightforward case. Three members of one family slain, the fourth escaping only by virtue of having left his phone at home. But who would want to kill them all, and in such a personal and heinous way?

Drake knows instinctively that this is a message. That secrets which have laid buried for years are about to be exposed. Secrets which link back to the Longacre Children’s home, its manager, Gordon Tallis and one of the former residents, Connor Laird – a boy who harboured such anger and intensity within, that he terrified anyone he ever met.

With Drake fearing for his family’s safety and with the knowledge that so much depends on keeping the truth hidden, he knows he needs to find a way to prevent Crowley from following her instincts and investigating the children’s home with its ill-fated history and residents. But the killer, the ‘Two O’Clock Boy’, begins to taunt Drake, reminding him that no matter how much he denies it, their pasts, and their futures, are inextricably linked. The killer wants their secrets exposed and the question Drake has to ask himself is simply this – how far is he willing go to stop the murders, protect his daughter and cover up the truth?
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A Complex yet Stunning psychological Thriller. The Story Shocks while delivering many Twists and turns. Full of strong Characters that each play an integral part in one of the Best Thrillers I've read this year! Past and priest seamlessly blend into one Chilling Storyline with a breathtakingly ending that you won't expect. Mark Hill has earned his place as one of my most favourite Authors!
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I have just completed Mark Hill's phenomenal debut, 'The Two 'Oclock Boy.' With twists and turns at every corner, the narrative propels forward at a heart-stuttering emotion-fuelled pace.
Characters are so real they could just knock on your door. Questions are thrown around, and answers will shock. One of Hill's best talents, interweaved in his writing is his ability to mix past with present; foreshadowing future events with skilful precision.
One of the main points I love in a book is conflict, and especially personal conflict; so everything that I find a joy to read was cemented here. There are a few moments that really stuck with me, and towards the end, my mouth was actually open.
The descriptions too, are so unique; a particular one staying in my mind long after it was finished; was something like 'The duvet was folded back; like a scoop of ice cream.' Genius.
I eagerly await his next book. Love DI Ray Drake. 10/10.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2016
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I'm afraid I can't agree with the enthusiastic reviews for The Two O'Clock Boy. I didn't think it was very good at all.

The book is a sort of police procedural, in that it involves a police investigation of a series of murders, but there's precious little procedure really, and lots of Maverick Cop, This-Time-It's-Personal, Threatened Investigator stuff. Both central police officers have Family Issues, one has a Dark Secret In His Past Which Could Ruin Him…you get the idea. The plot – who would have thought it? – centres around an abusive children's home in the 1980s, and frankly, it all felt rather unoriginal and well-worn.

The narrative is quite well structured at the start so I found myself carried along reasonably well for the first couple of hundred pages. However, lazy cliché marred the prose too often: "he clung on for dear life", "she dragged them kicking and screaming", "the life and soul" and plenty of others, and the occasional solecism added to the sense of slightly careless writing. It all seemed a bit stale and crudely done to me; I found that the story became more laboured and the implausibilities and rather unconvincing "thrills" mounted up. Characters who had earlier been carefully introduced and given rather pointless little conflicts of their own which added nothing to the story were apparently forgotten. I lost count of the number of times a phone rang or something else interrupted *just* as something dreadful was about to happen…and so on.

The book became a bit of a slog, and then just silly – including a vicious mass murderer who said things like "I harbour a lifetime's resentment against your family," at which point I said out loud "oh, for heavens' sake!" (I paraphrase).
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