Another great read from Bill Kitson! As with the other books in the Mike Nash series, you simply can't put it down until the last page! Fast paced and certainly graphic in places it will keep you gripped to you seat. My advice to anyone reading this is to start reading the first book in the series, Depths of Despair, and very soon you will be hooked like me. Having been a avid reader of Lynda La Plante and Ian Rankin among others, Bill Kitson certainly is right up there with the best crime authors today. This is even more remarkable as Back Slash is only his fifth book!
Well done Bill, now, when's the next one out? Can't wait!
An architect, Alan Marshall is convicted of killing his wife by slashing her throat and is sent to prison for life. Six years into his sentence some inconsistencies in the original evidence comes up and following a new trial the original conviction is quashed and he is released but not acquitted. As the decision to release him was not thought to be very popular with the public, he takes a new name and identity and leaves the South East of England and starts working as a forester on an estate in Yorkshire. He now uses the name Andrew Myers and has been using his new identity for two years until whilst cutting some trees in a wild area on the estate he has a terrible accident, as he doesn't own a mobile phone he manages to staunch the bleeding whilst he drives himself to hospital. His erratic control of his car attracts a Police woman, Lisa Andrews, to stop him and when she realises the extent of his injury she radios the hospital and drives him there herself.
There are more murder victims cropping up with slashed throats and it seems as if the killer has moved north. The Hospital tell the Policewoman that they cannot trace any record of Andrew Myers with his date of birth and they need to find his NHS number. Lisa questions him and he declines to give the reason why his identity cannot be checked until he leaves the hospital . Lisa agrees to leave it until then. The other slasher murders cause Alan Marshall to go undercover as the Police want to question him and he is scared of being wrongly convicted again. Lisa believes in him but is suspended because of this.
Lisa has a boss D.I. Mike Nash and he and her are trying to cover the policing of two towns as there is a flu epidemic amongst the other staff. The very tight plotting of this excellent police procedural shows the difficulties the police have when their numbers are reduced to the bare minimum and they have to cope with very challenging crime epidemic. The story moves on at a frantic pace until the ultimate conclusion.
I thought this was an absolute corker of a story, there is a quote from a review in the Scarborough Evening News on the back cover saying "Don't read it on a bus, you'll miss your stop" which I thought was wonderful. I do not read on buses but I stayed up until 2.35am one night because I just could not put it down!! This author has written four other stories in the "Mike Nash" series and I'm definitely going to look out for him as he deserves all the success he can get. If you want a book that once started you won't be able to put down, buy this one. Complimentary copy provided by netgalley.com for honest review.
Another unputdownable novel in an excellent series. Helmsdale nick has been decimated by flu so various replacements have been drafted in. For regular series readers you will recognise DC Lisa Andrews and Superintendant Ruth Edwards from previous novels and miss Clara and Viv who have the flu. This book is a bit of of a departure from the norm (and not any the worse for it) as it centres on Lisa and her attempts to help Alan Marshall, a wrongly convicted murderer, from being framed again with Mike Nash taking a more cerebral, supervisory backseat role. With Clara missing and the legendary Nash womanising failing there is less humour but the plotting and execution are as clever, complex and exciting as ever - I never see it coming and keep reading till the end for the denouement. Great stuff.
excellent, this has more twists and turns than the roads in the Yorkshire dales, Mike Nash takes more of a back seat but this doesn't distract from a mesmerizing story. This is a triumph of a page turner.