Desperate times call for desperate measures but how can you act when you don’t know which way to turn? For Lasser that is the nerve shredding problem that is eating him up inside. Odette Noble has been taken and Lasser and the team have no idea where or even why she has been spirited away. For Lasser the horror of knowing she could be dead is shrouding him in impotent fear. That is until all hell breaks loose and people from the past start to die, leaving Lasser in a deadly chase against the clock as he tries to discover who is behind the killings and why Odette has become involved in the nightmare. The pursuit for the truth will take him from the snow smothered streets of his home town to the rising peaks and frozen wastelands of the Lake District. As the puzzle slowly starts to take shape Lasser discovers that this time he is not dealing with local hard men, but with professional killers, people who will stop at nothing and destroy anyone in their way as they try to claim the prize for taking out the man named Plymouth.
But Plymouth is not an easy man to kill, especially when he is fighting for his family. In the end Lasser realises that the only way he can help Odette is to join forces with the man with the stark blue eyes and snow white hair and when he does then he knows that all bets are off and to be left standing then you have to be prepared to break all rules to get to the truth, or die trying.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The last story in this top-notch series ended still running at full speed, with the realisation that Spenner was in a real bad way in hospital and Odette in the hands of a vicious kidnapper . The team was in pieces, Odette a crumpled wreck at being ‘taken in’ and Lasser full of unpredictable rage. The good news for any reader is that this story opens just as strong.
As the harsh winter grows in intensity it seems to put the whole race to find Odette in slow motion with Lasser and Bannister’s driving skills tested to the very limits. The team have been through some terrible times before so could this be the straw that breaks the camels back? Lasser’s emotions are like thin ice with the what ifs and only’s as far as Odette is concerned. When new players entre the game Bannister and Lasser have had enough of playing good cop, bad cop games, they don’t intend for any more colleagues dying as they have become as close as any family. Bannister doesn’t as much turn a blind eye to a situation he really motors in with eyes wide open.
Up there with my favourite character of Lasser is of course Mr. Plymouth, who makes more than a cameo appearance. I do love it when a good plan comes together and when this duo are on the same pages then it is magic. This magnetic duo is really opposites that attract the bad guys from the seediest corners.
Oh wow! Does this story play with your head! These are two books that should be read as part of the series, not stand alones. This story is life changing for so many characters and I don’t feel that the ripples of it are finished yet and I really need to get back up off the floor from yet another dramatic end. This is a truly shocking conclusion in so many ways. Another pearl of a story from a rough diamond author, Robin Roughley.
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.