“Simon Kernick is an absolute master of the adrenaline-fuelled ride” – PETER JAMES
The new high-octane thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Kernick
Alastair Sheridan has it all. Wealth, good looks, a beautiful wife and children and, in the chaotic world of British politics, a real chance of becoming Prime Minister.
But Alastair also has a secret. He’s a serial killer with a taste for young women.
Only a handful of people know what kind of monster he is, and disgraced detective Ray Mason is one of them.
Awaiting trial for murder, Ray is unexpectedly broken free by armed men and given an offer: assassinate Alastair Sheridan and begin a new life abroad with a new identity. The men claim to be from MI6. They say that Sheridan is a threat to national security and needs to be neutralised. Ray knows they are not who they say they are, and that their real motives are far darker.
The only person Ray trusts is ex-cop and former lover Tina Boyd, who’s keen to settle her own scores with Sheridan.
With enemies on every side, only one thing is certain.
No one wants them to get out alive.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Although this is the final book in The Bone Field Trilogy it is a fabulous stand-alone read too. When disgraced ex DI Ray Mason, is broken out of prison, where he is serving time for murder, he is given a choice. Assassinate high ranking politician and potential Prime Minister Alastair Sheridan and have a new start and new identity abroad, or go back to prison. This is a chance for Mason to rid the world of a psycho, although he knows the people offering him a new start aren’t who they say they are.
This is a fabulous book that is one adrenaline rush of pure pleasure as this cat and mouse game begins. When the hit, where Sheridan should have been, turns out to be someone else it is still a win-win situation for Mason, taking him one step near to fulfilling a promise to a young girl’s, now ageing, parents. The police are quickly on the scene, making it obvious that he has been set up for taking the fall for with the gang that broke him out of prison. This leaves Mason no choice as his calls on his former partner and lover Tina Boyd to help him.
The story went up yet another notch, as Tina rapidly became a top player in the story. Loved this ballsy lady who found herself up to her neck in the action and as sort after as Mason. There is a lot of masculine tension going on with two past lovers in her now turbulent life as well as a worthy adversary that could be her match. The depth of deprivation of Sheridan is something that he doesn’t have to seek himself as the right people serve his needs as if he was simply ordering dessert. You just know that some people just can’t be and don’t want to be mended.
A tremendous all-action super high class read. Superb.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Well where do I start? I wanted to be a writer ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen. I started with one page stories that I illustrated myself (badly) and, as I grew older, the stories got longer. For a long time I just wrote for myself, enjoying the process of disappearing off to new, imaginative worlds, but eventually, while working as a salesman in London I experienced this desperate desire to get published.
I’ve always been a huge crime fiction and thriller fan so I wrote a crime novel that, unfortunately, pretty much every literary agent and publisher in the land rejected. So I wrote another one with exactly the same result. I have enough rejection letters to decorate a whole house- three hundred in all-but finally I struck gold with my first novel, The Business of Dying, about a cop who moonlights as a hit man named Dennis Milne. It was released in 2002 (seven years after I first tried to get published!) and was described as ‘the crime debut of the year’ by The Independent, which was a very nice compliment.
Since then I’ve written a book a year (fifteen in all now) as well as a total of three novellas. I specialise in very fast-paced thrillers set over a short space of time which I like to think grab the reader from the very first page and don’t let go. My fifth novel, Relentless, was a Richard and Judy summer read, and the ninth and tenth, The Last Ten Seconds and The Payback, both reached number 1 in the UK book charts, so they’re good, I promise!
I don’t have a series as such and most of the books can be read as standalones, but I do have recurring characters. Dennis Milne, my vigilante cop, returns in A Good Day to Die and The Payback, and my female detective, Tina Boyd- a woman who finds herself in dangerous situations seemingly at every turn- appears in the vast majority of the recent books.
Anyway, I hope you get a chance to take a look at one or more of them and please feel free to let me know your thoughts.