Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting on the Blog tour for Speechless by Stephen Puleston
The body of a young Pole working in Cardiff is pulled from the River Taff. His tongue has been amputated in some sort of ritual. More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking. But what is it that links all the deaths together? When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community. And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested? When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another. Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When the body of a man is found floating in the river D.I. Marco is called to the scene. The gruesome sight that awaits them is far too much of a young officer to take in as it is soon discovered that the man’s tongue has been cut out. Someone is sending a message to others, a clear message to keep your mouths shut or else….
It is soon discovered that the dead man is Polish but no-one is prepared to come forward with the why and who is responsible. The whole community becomes one jittery silent mass. Who ever is behind the killings is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Now what I already knew about Marco was that he was one determined bloke that will go to any length for justice and his digging does bring a lead.
I had read a novella about D.I. Marco previously so felt that I already had a little info about him and how he worked but in this story he really is pushed to the limits and manages to bring the hackles up on a few of the good guys backs too. Marco is not a man easily put off but it does have consequences that just can’t be mended.
There are a number of side stories going on but I never really felt distracted from the main event. I have really taken to Marco, who faces his own personal challenges of control in his life on a daily basis. This story has a pretty fast pace from the opening pages and stays a busy book right to the end. There are some descriptive scenes, a few raised adrenaline chapters and plenty of shocks that I really didn’t see coming. So looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment. I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work. I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia