ABOUT THE BOOK
Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man. – Aristotle
A murderer is loose on the streets of Harrogate. His initial purpose is to inflict damage, not to cause death. Repercussions of a serious road accident and an abusive childhood haunt the perpetrator. The balance of his mind is disturbed and he experiences moments of intense, irrational anger which override his sanity. The colour red seems to trigger his psychosis.
The case is a disturbing one for DCI Bennett and his team. Welcome to Harrogate.
The story begins in the past with a father and his young son out for a drive. Then a glimpse into the rage of a little boy who will change both their lives.
It was brilliant to get back to Harrogate, DCI Bennett and his team as they were about to be thrown into investigating a vicious attack on a young man. The man’s face had been repeatedly battered so that every bone was crushed and splintered. The man was unrecognisable and impossible to save. It wasn’t long before a grievous bodily harm investigation became a murder case for the team. The team didn’t have a great deal to go on, but the killer would not be long before he literally struck again and again.
Oh my. It has been a while since the last book in this series, but whoa, this was well worth waiting for. The main character got under my skin, especially dressed as he does. When I am coming home from work in the early hours, I still feel like I can see him from the corner of my eye and want to wave, just in case. I believe that this is one of the hardest cases that the team has come up against. Especially with the unpredictability of it all because of triggers. I was edgy throughout every chapter. The murderer is a fascinating character that has a charismatic charm that is mesmerising.
I like how that author lets me into his characters personal lives and how they deal with the horrors they see. For Bennett, of course, it is his love of fine art and the anticipation of the auctions. I liked how he crossed the line, more than usual in this book, with Owen. I quite welled up. It is another fabulous addition to this top series.
I wish to thank the author for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ou could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author, but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.
He has written a number of successful short stories, has ten books now available and is presently writing the tenth crime novel set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels However, as well as the Bennett series he is writing a new series set in Merseyside.
Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It is a hobby he has bestowed upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.