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Friday 15 December 2017

‘No Way Out’ by Tom Bryson

Published by CreateSpacePublishing,
13 July 2017.

DCI Matt Proctor wants to move his career on and is surprised but pleased to be offered a post in the National Crime Agency, based in Croydon.  He is uncertain about leaving Birmingham and, particularly, his colleague Azzra Mukherjee but the opportunity is too good to refuse.  However, the new post quickly gives him the chance to return to Brum to investigate more closely the activities of a local crime baron, Red Den O’Halloran.  But, as the investigation progresses, he is given cause to wonder exactly what his role is.  Matters become more complicated for him when his daughter, Sarah, embarks on an investigation of her own trying to find out what is going at the Church of the Sisters of the Holy Sepulchre - she is concerned about the women who are living there.  Then a child is kidnapped.

As Matt struggles to balance professional and personal concerns, the story moves rapidly to an explosive and gripping finale.  This is the third in the series but works well as a stand-alone, and is a book that will please the author’s existing readers and should attract new ones. 
Reviewer:  Jo Hesslewood
Other books by the author:  DCI Matt Proctor series:   Too Smart to Die, In it for the Money.  Stand Alone:  Sarcophagus, The Zeppelin of Kinver Edge, Blood Red Rabbit.

Tom Bryson was born and grew up in Northern Ireland, in the historic city of Derry. He now lives in the West Midlands of England in the attractive village of Kinver and write novels. Although he says developing an e-book/pod publishing venture (TJB BOOKS) is a big challenge and eats into his writing time. Tom’s short stories have been published in anthologies with some radio broadcasts and one-act plays professionally directed and performed in West Midlands theatre/arts venues.

Jo Hesslewood.  Crime fiction has been my favourite reading material since as a teenager I first spotted Agatha Christie on the library bookshelves.  For twenty-five years the commute to and from London provided plenty of reading time.  I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my local crime fiction book club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop.  I enjoy attending crime fiction events and currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.

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