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Sunday 19 February 2023

‘Dark Room’ by Steve Mosby


Published by Orion,
19 July 2012. 
ISBN: 978-1-4091-4189-1 (HB)
ISBN: 978-1-4091-4190-7 (TPB).
ISBN: 978-1-4091-4191-4

When a woman is found bludgeoned to death, DI Andrew Hicks suspects her ex-husband. There was reason, and a high percentage of murders are committed by someone close to the victim. Then a letter arrives at the station, addressed to DI Andrew Hicks. It is from the killer, who is telling Hicks it will happen again and he won’t be caught although he will enjoy the game of cat and mouse between himself and the murder team.

And he is right, another victim, a homeless man, is murdered, seemingly, as predicted, at random, and in the same violent way, as the woman, which no one, apart from the killer and the police could know the details of. The police are foxed. More letters arrive, and the murder count starts to mount. There is a random serial killer out there who will strike again at any moment.

DI Andrew Hicks now has to confront his own past if he is to find any answers. That is a very, very dark place to go back to, but a lot is at stake.

This is the first Mosby book I have read, and I read it in one evening. I enjoyed the fact that he writes in first person. I know very few crime novelists who do. I felt it took me closer to knowing DI Andrew Hicks, and pulled me, quickly, into this very dark story. It comes highly recommended.
Reviewer: Linda Regan

Steve Mosby, Aka Alex North, was born 1976 in Horsforth, Leeds. He studied for a degree in philosophy at the University of Leeds. His novels have been translated widely. He lives and works in Leeds.

Linda Regan  is the author of nine crime novels. She is also an actor. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader and welcomes the chance to read new writers. 

  To read a review of Linda's most recent book
The Burning Question
click on the title.

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