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Published by Head of Zeus, 1
April 2018. ISBN: 978-1-786695109-3 (PB)
A young girl, a Czech Romany with learning
difficulties called Marta Ondrej, has been reported missing by her mother. When
the search for her is unsuccessful the worst is feared. But then there is a
call to say that she has been found in a Liverpool park. Immediately Detective
Chief Inspector Eve Clay and her colleague Detective Sergeant Gina Riley drive
to the park where they find the girl, half-starved, dehydrated, dressed only in
pyjamas despite the icy weather. There is no sign of the woman who had called
in to report finding the girl but she had left her name – Lucy Bell, unknown to
the police. Marta speaks practically no English and, despite the presence of a
translator, is so traumatised that she cannot tell the police about what has
happened to her or where she has been. Then another call comes in: two Polish
men, the brothers Karl and Vaclav Adamczak, have been found dead in a flat
which has been set on fire and there is some sort of mystical symbol drawn on
the wall and the words ‘Killing time’ is here embrace it’. Because it is a
double murder Eve has to give this crime priority over the abduction of Marta,
but forensic investigation shows that there are evidential links between both
crimes and that there is in all probability an extremist racial element. But
the men’s landlord insists that they were good men and devout Catholics, and
their friend and fellow-lodger Aneta Kosova confirms this very strongly as does
the priest, Father Aaron Bell, at the Catholic church where they worshipped.
Coincidentally Father Bell’s daughter is the Lucy Bell who had phoned in her
discovery of Marta; she is autistic which explains her failure to stay with
Marta until the police came. Parallel with the investigations into the murder
of the Adamczak brothers and the kidnapping of Marta Ondrej are the narratives
of two brothers, the seriously psychologically disturbed ill Raymond Dart and
his mentally more coherent older brother Jack.
Not so much a whodunit,
but a thriller, with some gruesome elements. Nonetheless, the story is deeply
gripping, and I found it impossible to stop reading until I had got to the end.
This is due to the author’s skilful writing and the way in which he weaves
together a number of narratives from the point of view of many of the
characters involved in the story while simultaneously ratcheting up the tension
towards what is virtually a doomsday denouement. Recommended.
was born and raised in Liverpool and was educated at St. Francis Xavier's
College. He was a teacher for twenty years and for the last ten years has
worked as a special school teacher. He received a Manchester Evening News
Theatre Award for best new play of the year. The Sixth Soul was his first novel for adults.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.