‘I do not know what second it will be, what minute it will be, what hour, or even day.
But it will come. You may see it coming. You may not. Regardless, I can guarantee you; there will be a moment like no other when you will draw your last breath. Like it or lump it. And at that moment you will see your final view of the world. However, what I do not know, is whether your last glimpse will be the sympathetic countenance of a loved one or the grotesque, contorted, teeth-clenched face of a crazed killer. Nor do you. That is yet to be determined. Other options are available.’
Paul Masters, a family man, awakes to find his wife and daughter murdered. But how? It seems impossible. He is arrested for the crime. As he suffers a breakdown, Paul admits to the killing, but DI Stark and his team have serious doubts.
When another horrific rape and murder takes place, these doubts seem well-founded, and the race is on to catch the maniac who will stop at nothing to feed his depravity.
In his fifth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area. All Keith’s books are set in Nottingham in the 1980s – a time before political correctness and mobile phones. It was a different world.
Riveting Crime Thriller!
Oh, I really enjoyed this one!
Paul Masters wakes up one morning to find his wife and daughter have been murdered. He was the only other person in the house and is accused of the murders. DI Stark and his team aren’t convinces and when another murder follows, it looks as if they may have a serial killer on their hands – and a rather depraved one at that. The race is on to find him!
What a grand read this is; a good old-fashioned crime thriller where the investigating team have to knuckle down and do the grunt work without the benefit of all the technology they have at their fingertips nowadays. The characterisation is wonderful and completely avoids the usual caricatures of an eighties police force and rather provides more rounded, realistic figures including strong women. As well as the pursuit of a very serious criminal, this book is also peppered with humour; there are some really light-hearted moments which lifted the mood. Make no mistake, however, this is a riveting 5* read which kept me on tenterhooks until the very end and is definitely one I recommend to everyone who enjoys a rather good police procedural. I hope to get the chance to read more of this series.
My thanks to Book on the Bright Side, both for forwarding my copy and for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 316 pages
- Publication Date: 01 October 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55592179
Keith’s novels are set in the 1980’s and involve the investigations of DI Stark and his team of detectives in Nottingham CID. It is no coincidence that the author was a Detective in Nottinghamshire CID in the 1980’s!
His first novel One Oblique One was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Award for the best debut crime novel of the year. His books have received critical acclaim in The Times, Financial Times and Sunday Express.
Keith has also contributed short story anthologies for the Crime Writers Association called Perfectly Criminal published by Seven House, and City of Crime published by Five Leaves Publications.
Keith is re-mastering his novels introducing new characters and additional scenes and has decided to open them up to a new readership both on-line and through traditional format. It is remarkable how much life has changed in the last thirty years, and the novels are now an insight into what life was like, before mobile phones, sat navs, and the internet!
Keith was brought up on a council estate in a rough area of Nottingham and attended the local comprehensive school.
Keith joined the police in 1979, having just turned 16 a few days before. He was the youngest officer to go on to the CID, at the time in 1985.
He spent 25 years in the police service retiring in 2005, as a Detective Sergeant. He then began working for a global business, leading the Serious and Corporate Investigations Team.
Keith has four wonderful children; twins, Chris and Andy, who are also writers. His son, Harry is at university and is an actor. Then there is the lovely chatterbox, Lily, who is 9 years old and without knowing it, inspires Keith every day.
He still lives in Nottingham and is engaged to Jackie who has 3 children; Aron, Ashley and Callum.