Written by Conrad Jones
DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm.
The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.
In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West?
Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…
I’m delighted to be reviewing another of Conrad Jones’ novels – and very exciting it is too!
When two bodies are spotted in the sea at Porth Dafarch, it doesn’t take long to be obvious that their deaths were no accident. This, however, is only the beginning and the body count is set to rise and the case spreads considerably before DI Alan Williams and his team can work out what’s going on.
This is a packed read! As we get to know the potential suspects for the crimes – which increase rapidly – it would seem there is no connection between victims. But Alan, his Sergeant Kim, his team and all the supporting services work the crime and follow the evidence – and what a merry dance it leads them! Riveting throughout, there is no way I could have predicted where it would take the reader. A stunningly good read, and on top of the first class crime story I have learned so much about the beautiful scenery on Anglesey. There’s never a dull moment in this one, and by the end everything is neatly finished off – just the way I like my thrillers! Another win for this fantastic author, and absolutely worth a full five stars.
My thanks to publisher Head of Zeus for my copy via NetGalley and especially to Victoria Joss for inviting me to this Blog Tour. As always, all stated opinions are entirely my own.
Tags: police procedural, Welsh crime
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 306 pages
- Publisher: Red Dragon Books
- Publication Date: 17 May 2019
- Purchase Links: amazon
Meet the Author
Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manager with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I was managing the restaurant in Warrington’s Bridge Street when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with the hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewkesbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that would never have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series.