Written by Michael K. Foster
It was meant to be a harmless adventure…or so he thought.
When a ten-year-old boy playing hooky from school sees a young woman’s body hanging from a tree, a man at the scene gives chase.
Still recovering from near fatal injuries, Jack Mason is sent to investigate. He knows the boy’s life is in danger, but that’s the least of his worries. There’s a much darker side to this investigation, and one that threatens to change many people’s lives.
What really happened in the woods that day? What dark secrets was the dead woman hiding?
And who, or what, is Chameleon?
You will be hooked from the start by this gripping crime thriller. There’s tension, suspense, and a plot full of unexpected twists and turns.
DCI Jack Mason Series
Book 1 – The Wharf Butcher
Book 2 – Satan’s Beckoning
Book 3 – The Suitcase Man
Book 4 – Chameleon
Exciting and Gripping!
This is the first novel by Michael K Foster which I’ve read; but I can guarantee it won’t be the last. I have added the first three in the series to my list of books to be fitted in when I possibly can.
Martin is a young lad who skips school to spend the days nature watching in nearby woods; moving stealthily in the undergrowth, he gets more than he’s bargained for when he sees a woman on the verge of death. But she’s not alone and a man gives chase – it’s a very near thing but Martin finally manages to escape his pursuer.
DCI Jack Mason is recovering from injuries obviously received in an earlier case (I loved how this was referred to without all the details being revealed, meaning I can go back and read that book). Whilst he hasn’t been cleared for full active duty yet, he is the first senior officer on the scene when the lad’s claims come to light and a body is indeed where he said it was. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg with this investigation; there’s a long, dark, twisted road to be travelled before all becomes clear about what’s going on and despite the best efforts of others, Jack is determined to see this case through to the bitter end. With Martin in severe danger, can Jack and his team protect the boy while fighting against the unknown?
What a book! This one has lots of different areas of criminology combining to create a gripping and fascinating read. This is a fast moving novel; there is always something happening and I had no problems at all keeping 100% attention on the story. I couldn’t wait to find out where it was all heading and was more riveted with each chapter as I worked my way through to the thrilling conclusion! The little extra at the end just finished it off cleanly and left all my questions completely answered. You can be sure that I’ll be reading and reviewing the next in series – a superb read. Although not set in my area, I have friends who stay in Low Fell, Gateshead and was rather excited when it got a mention! Oh, it’s the little things! Definitely a five star read, nothing else would do for this engaging and memorable crime thriller.
My thanks to Book On the Bright Side for both sending my copy and also inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. As always, all stated opinions are entirely my own and completely honest and unbiased.
Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 451 pages
- Publisher: amazon media
- Publication Date: 20 June 2019
- Purchase Links: amazon
Michael K Foster has been writing crime thriller novels since 2006, all of them based in and around the North East of England. His bestselling debut novel, ‘The Wharf Butcher’, was released in 2015 and doffers a unique insight into this rugged landscape. He has now written four full-length novels featuring the hard-hitting DCI Jack Mason and local criminal profiler David Carlisle. His latest book in the series, ‘Chameleon’, is scheduled for release in June 2019.
Michael was born in Plymouth, England. After ten years’ service in the British Army, he moved to Newcastle where he gained a master’s degree. A former Magistrate, he now writes full time and lives with his family in County Durham.