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Tuesday 16 May 2017

‘Night Vision’ by Jane A. Adams

Published by Severn House,
ISBN: 978-0-7278-8113-7 (HB)

Blind ex-police officer Naomi is married to Alec a current serving police officer and he is called away on a case in connection with an insurance scam he had been investigating. This scam had involved a Neil Robinson about to be released from prison but who was then found dead in his cell. He had been poisoned. It was revealed that he had been trying to contact a journalist by the name of Jamie Dale just before he died, but she was killed in a car crash before he could. What was he about to tell her? Did it get him killed and was her death an accident?

Jamie was a friend of Naomi and Alec but they had not seen her for some time. Naomi gets really spooked when after Jamie's death she starts receiving recorded telephone calls from her and she sounds frantic.

Alec and his boss Nick Travers meet up with other officers on the case and it becomes obvious that there is more than just an insurance scam involved. Evidence starts to point to something more political and corrupt. When Travers is attacked, and left for dead things really start to get serious and Naomi goes to live with friends as she gets really scared while Alec is away. To her horror, she even receives Jamie's phone calls while she is living with them.

Investigations soon reveal the involvement of a senior police officer and Alec struggles to stay one step ahead of him. Running through the story there are details of a mysterious person called Gregory who seems to be carrying out an investigation of his own. Who is he and what connection does he have to Jamie?

After a real cat and mouse game and not before more people are hurt and worse, together with Naomi's help, Alec solves the case and makes a decision that will affect the rest of their lives.

I really enjoyed Jane Adams' book. There is plenty to keep the reader guessing all the way through. I found the thought of receiving telephone calls, even recorded, from someone known to have died to be really creepy and would freak me out! A good plot well written. Recommended.

Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

Jane A Adams was born in Leicestershire, where she still lives. She has a degree in Sociology, and has held a variety of jobs including lead vocalist in a folk rock band. She enjoys pen and ink drawing, martial arts and her ambition is to travel the length of the Silk Road by motorbike. Her first book, The Greenway, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award in 1995 and for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award. Jane writes several series.  Her first series featured Mike Croft. Several books featuring DS Ray Flowers. Seven titles featuring blind Naoimi Blake, and six titles featuring Rina Martin. Her most ret series is set between the two World Wars and featuring Detective Inspector Henry Johnstone and his sergeant, Micky Hitchens. Jane has also written several standalone novels. She is married with two children.

Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf  (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

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