Darkening woodland, a typical Wigan night, the wind blowing the rain hammering down and someone dies badly.
This is only the start of a series of events that will have Lasser and the team locked in a battle with someone who is seemingly killing at random.
But things are not always as they appear and Lasser soon learns that the killer is harbouring a deep seated hatred a hatred that spans years and is now totally out of control.
As if that weren’t bad enough Lasser’s personal life is about to go into free fall, as he realises that things are changing and he can do nothing to stop the inevitable heartache and despair that will follow.
Riven by torment he tries to concentrate on the case in hand as his dreams are shattered.
But things are about to get a whole lot worse as he battles his way to the truth, hoping against hope that somewhere along the line salvation will be found.
And all the time the killer hides in the shadows seeking revenge while the black dog follows Lasser every step of the way.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well I didn’t know whether to cheer for the victor or feel afraid for every man in Wigan in the opening pages. All I knew for sure was that a slime ball had met his deserving end and the one that gave out his ultimate punishment had enjoyed it too much. What a start! Wigan had acquired another psycho that was on a mission and that meant Lasser and Co. were really going to have their work cut out. This was one ultra fit lady and I don’t mean the way she looked.
How I love this series as every single story is just so very unique. As darkness falls on the outskirts of Wigan a new game has begun. But looking the part and being able to deliver the goods are two different things, especially when you throw in the real McCoy with a lady that could give Lara Croft a run for her money. Bloody hell this was game on! An absolute belting story that kept making me cheer on the wrong person for the right reasons. The deaths were happening pretty regular, including one of an innocent young woman.
As Lasser’s personal life seems to take yet another nose drive he throws himself even more into work. Boy has he got low self-esteem issues! He definitely doesn’t see what others see. There are some huge changes on the horizon for a lot of the team and at one point it had me go weak at the knees! The novel is quite lengthy at over 500 pages but one that you can’t help but keep pace with, although I did slow and savour one or two moments.
It all has a very happening now feel about it, the trends, the darker side into internet uses and some of the sad people in society that the system is definitely letting slip through the net and not getting the help they need. With a few new threads well and truly set, the next Lasser book already has some pretty exciting possibilities lined up. This is the 17th book in the series, not to mention a couple of extra spin offs and each time I finish I long for the next. The Lasser books are still my number one series. Next please!
Blood Bought (DS Lasser series Book 17)
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.
Prior to writing about Lasser he produced four plays that would fall into the dark comedy category, two of which were showcased at theatres in Manchester and Yorkshire.
Since then he has self-published seventeen Lasser crime thrillers and is currently working on number nineteen in the series. As usual Lasser and co. are leading him a merry dance. They are the ones who write the stories, Rob just gets led by the nose and has no choice but to follow. It always comes as a surprise to him that at the end, the stories all work out and the crimes solved. But just as he finishes one book, Lasser is pecking his head with another idea.
There is also Lasser: Beginnings. A short story from way back, but even then, Lasser was showing the characteristics that he has later perfected. Together with the burgeoning conscience that now has set up home in his head.
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. Cut the Threads, was published on the 22nd Feb 2018.
In an exciting new venture, the popular anti-hero, Plymouth, stormed in on August 15th 2017 with a book of his own, Stormcock. And this time, Plymouth most definitely is in charge, dragging Rob, whimpering in fear, in his wake. He lets slip a few secrets of his past which explain his present-day actions. But shhh, not a word to Lasser!
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.
The Lasser series are stand-alone novels though to get the full experience of getting to know the characters involved then Rob suggests you start with Lasser Beginnings and take it from there.
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