ABOUT THE BOOK
From the bestselling author of the addictive DI Bliss series and the compelling standalone novel, Fifteen Coffins, comes a dark, psychological journey into the nightmare world of a serial killer.
Nothing is ever entirely black or white.
Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, ex-DI with the Metropolitan Police, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son a victim, he sets aside his grief to help old colleagues investigate the case.
Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. And in an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police to say he is willing to talk. But only to Frank.
When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises the investigation has become a race against time to save his daughter’s life.
In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is choosing his victims. To do that, he must first enter the killer’s mind. But is Frank able to drag himself into its darker reaches? And if so, will he be able to pull himself back?
First published by Bloodhound Books in 2017. Republished by Spare Nib Books February 2021.
BUY LINK: Degrees of Darkness
This is an awesome read that put it on a scare factor alongside Stephen King and Thomas Harris. The heartbreaking opening will make most readers stand back and take a breath. Frightening, terrifying and imprinted on your mind for every time you say goodnight to your children before you double-check and triple-check your doors are locked and bolted again.
What a fabulous story from the opening scene it just exploded into a world of pure crazy in the mind of one of the most damaged and twisted serial killers that I have read. Whoa, this person has such an agenda, nothing is random, he has reasoning and purpose, but best of all, he now has a playmate to taunt.
Frank Rogers left his career in the Met behind him when he started his Debt Collecting Agency, along with his family, when his wife took up with another bloke and set up home with Frank’s two children Gary and Laura. A break-in to his estranged wife’s home leaves her, her partner and his son brutally murdered and his daughter taken by a madman that leaves no trace of himself behind. There is already a trail of heart breakthrough this city where the killer has struck several times.
Now the killer doesn’t just have Frank’s daughter, he wants to play and demands that the only person he will talk to is Frank. Neither knows what they are letting themselves in for because they are both at the top of the league at what they do best. It makes for a hundred mile an hour read with no pit stop in sight!
This is a writer at his best. Although gruesome at times, it all adds to the intense race to find out how, and why these brutal killings and abductions are taking place. Loved the characters and although Tony Forder has produced stand-alone novels before I would love to see more of Frank in future books. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling DI Bliss crime thriller series. The first seven books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, The Reach of Shadows, The Death of Justice, Endless Silent Scream, and Slow Slicing, were joined in December 2020 by a prequel novella, Bliss Uncovered.
Tony’s other series – two action-adventure novels featuring Mike Lynch – comprises both Scream Blue Murder, and Cold Winter Sun. These are currently unavailable, but will be back in 2021.
In addition, Tony has written two standalone novels: a dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, and a suspense thriller set in California, called Fifteen Coffins, released in November 2020.
Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently working on Bliss #8, The Autumn Tree.
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