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Published by Endeavour Press Ltd, 25 August 2017. ISBN:
Gareth Hutt of the York and Catterick Special Investigation’s Branch of the
Royal Military Police is staying in his flat in York. Theoretically, Gareth is
catching up on holiday that he has neglected to take during the last couple of
years whilst he was serving in Afghanistan. His old friend Maikel, a Fijian
paratrooper with Special Forces Support Group, is recovering from being shot in
the arm and is staying with Hutt.
Sian Mathews, Gareth’s former lover, arrives unannounced on his doorstep. Sian
is in a bad state both mentally and physically. She is also in fear for her
life because she has run away from her current partner, Mick Bell, a powerful
drug baron who does not take kindly to being crossed. Hutt rashly assures
Sian that he will free her from Bell and his cronies. Maikel falls for
Sian and is only too pleased to guard her whilst Hutt deals with the
controlling Mike Bell and his extensive entourage of thugs.
the same time as Sian comes to Hutt for help, Hutt receives a second request.
This time it’s from Detective Sergeant Alex Lawson of Central Area Command in
York. Lawson wants Hutt to help him investigate the death of a young soldier
who has been found naked and shot in the head in a local wood. Hutt agrees to
help the detective provided that Lawson helps him to dissuade Mike Bell from
as more historical soldier victims emerge, it becomes evident that there is a
serial killer in the army. The race is on to find the shooter before anyone
else is killed.
Leeds and York there is a very good sense of place in this book. Life is never
dull when Hutt and his friends from the military police are around. As we
follow Hutt’s often violent and foolhardy activities and witness his
ill-considered brand of “suicidal heroism”, it’s not difficult to see why Sian
went to him for help, nor why she never wanted to marry him - she would never
have had a moments peace of mind. This is a great read for those who
enjoy a fast-paced book that revolves around the activities of the Military
Police and manages to reveal just some of the personal difficulties that may
arise from joining that organisation.
is the author of nine books, including The
Value of Literature, and two hundred articles, essays, and reviews. His
most recent book is Bloody Reckoning.
He can be found online at @rafemcgregor.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.