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Published by Head of Zeus, 26 December
2013. ISBN: 978-1-7818-5248-4
A moment of anger gave DI Harlan Miller four years in prison and ruined
his career.Now released, he wants to
make it up to the widow and children of the man he killed – and when one of
those children is abducted, he has his chance to atone, if he can force himself
to be ruthless enough ...
This book gives the
back-story quickly, then takes us straight into Miller’s shattered world.From there, the plot moves swiftly, with the
search for the missing boy, and tension added by the 4-day count-down till he
must be feared dead.Miller’s remorse
and self-loathing for what he’s done is vividly depicted and make his later
actions plausible.I found this book quite
violent, because generally the ‘good guy’ is on the side of law, so Miller’s
behaviour in some of the book’s scenes is more shocking than I expected, and I
couldn’t always agree that the end justified the means.Miller’s relationship with his former cop
partner and ex-wife add depth to his character, but his main emotional focus in
this book is Sarah, the missing child’s mother, and her changing reactions to
him help drive the story. The Sheffield
setting gives the opportunity for a variety of interesting characters and
A gritty page-turner, with
plenty of action and an interesting hero.
Ben Cheetham lives in Sheffield, UK.
His writing spans
the genres, from horror and sci-fi to literary fiction, but he has a passion
for dark, gritty crime fiction. His short stories have been widely published in
magazines in the UK, US and Australia.
If you want to learn more about him, or get in touch, you can look him up
Marsali Taylor grew
up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is
currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her
husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who
is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.