Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on the Blog Blitz for CUT THE THREADS by Robin Roughley
When the mutilated remains of local hard man, Tam Whitlow, are found tied to a chair, in a dilapidated building, Marnie Hammond and the team believe the murder could be gang-related.
Whitlow worked for Jimmy Rae, a man who hides behind the facade of local businessman but whose empire has been built on fear and extortion. However, it appears that someone is trying to take over from Rae, someone who is willing to commit horrific killings to achieve their goal.
Meanwhile, Tom Conway is looking for his oldest friend, John Hall, who is missing along with his young daughter, Rowan. As Conway starts to ask questions he finds himself in grave danger.
Is there a link between the missing man and the spate of murders?
Will Tom or Marnie discover the truth before it is too late?
As the body count rises, Marnie realises that there is someone in the shadows, someone who will never rest until they have had their revenge
by Robin Roughley
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Whoa! The opening scene in the latest Marnie Hammond series just makes you curl your toes and pull your head back into your shoulders a little. It is gruesome, it is an introduction to a new and vile reign of terror and it is just bloody awesome!
This is the second book in the series and although it could be read as a stand alone I would say to you read, Keep you Near, the first book in the series, to really get under the skin and into the mind of Marnie Hammond and what makes her tick. Marnie is a gutsy little fire cracker of a dedicated DS but she also has a personal agenda that eats away at her living a normal life.
Set in Kirkhead, a fictional place in Lancashire, the balance of power among the big boys is being well and truly pushed to the limits but the ‘calling card’ is pure violence and as yet unsigned. Jimmy Rae is not a man to tangle with but the people closest to him and some of his employees are diminishing pretty quickly but he has no idea who could want or even dare to take over his territory.
Tom Conway, a real mystery man, also arrives in Kirkhead to look into the disappearance of his best buddy John Hall and his young teenage daughter Rowan. Now be it right or be it wrong Tom became a favourite character of mine and I am sure of many other readers. He is a ass kicking machine that has nothing to lose and won’t stop until he finds John and Rowan no matter which side of the law he works from.
Robin Roughley always works with a multitude of characters that are so distinctive they remain individuals that you remember. He plays with your mind and emotions, at times letting you the reader know what is happening to certain characters while others are desperately trying to find them. It leaves me willing them on knowing that time is running out and I find myself reading at break neck speeds as if that can make a difference to saving someone.
There are some very unusual bonds formed in this story, a mutual need to get a job done. This is turning out to be a real cracking series where Marnie is being pushed to unbelievable limits that just left me totally numb. Just utterly Brilliant!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robin Roughley hails from the town of Wigan in the North-West of England and is the author of the hugely popular DS Lasser crime series.
On March 9th 2017, Rob released the first book in the DS Marnie Hammond series, Keep You Near, published by Bloodhound. DS Marnie Hammond hails from Lancashire, in the fictional town of Kirkhead. Like all good detectives, Marnie comes with her own unique set of crime-solving skills.
When not writing, which amounts to roughly two days a year, he can be found walking the canal towpaths of Wigan, sorting out plot lines and looking for ideas, with an assortment of dogs in tow.
So, next time you see a shaven-headed, middle-aged man wandering about, scratching his head, looking bewildered and taking random pictures it is Rob hoping for divine inspiration.
If you like your crime to be hard hitting and gritty with an assortment of characters that feel like friends then feel free to jump in at the deep end.
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by Robin Roughley