Identifying the guilty isn’t always easy…
DCI Alex Fleming returns to work after convalescent leave to find that the Assistant Chief Constable wants him to review an old cold case.
William Stroud, a union activist, was shot dead five years ago after a strike at the Atomic Weapons Establishment organised by the union leader, Bill Kauffman. No one had ever been arrested for the crime and, unknown to Fleming, MI5 have an interest in the case.
When Fleming later finds out they do have an interest in what is going on at the AWE, he realises how deep he is going to have to dig.
After speaking to the original officer who investigated the case, he learns that another activist was the main suspect.
But as the body count rises and Fleming uncovers an extramarital affair, he realises the answers may lie in a very different place…
An Excellent Crime Read!
There’s so much going on in this one and it’s full of twists and turns!
When DCI Alex Fleming returns to work after convalescence leave, he’s surprised to be handed a cold case by the ACC – why not give it to the team who usually deal with cold cases? As Fleming and his team begin to dig, they realise that the death of a man, a union activist, unfolds layer by layer and when Fleming eventually finds out that MI5 have an interest, he realises they are in it for the long haul. As the evidence begins to mount up – along with the bodies – and an extramarital affair comes to light, perhaps the answers lie elsewhere . . .
This is the first book I’ve read in this series, and it flows from beginning to end. There is an abundance of information which all adds up to a great read but, more than that, the characters are well-developed and eye-catching. I really took to Alex and his team and would definitely like to read more about them. As with all the best crime novels, they work diligently and each piece of information is hard won whilst joining it all together is a bit of an art form. By the end of the story, all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed making this an excellent novel which I recommend and am happy to give four stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 380 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books
- Publication Date: 17 March 2021
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Robert McNeil grew up in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. He worked briefly for Pringle of Scotland before joining the Royal Air Force, serving at home and in the Persian Gulf. He subsequently had brief spells working for a local authority and as a sales representative before embarking on a thirty-three-year career with the Home Office. The last sixteen years were spent in the Home Office headquarters Commercial Directorate in Westminster where he advised on procurement and the commercial aspects of business cases for multi-million-pound contracts.
Robert had a lifelong ambition to write a novel and finally achieved this when he retired from the Home Office where he developed the idea for his debut book, The Janus File, a political, spy thriller available on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
He loves a good crime, whodunit novel and he hoped that his debut crime novel, The Fifth Suspect, will be the first of many. His second, The Last Man, will be published on 17 March 2021.
When not writing, Robert spends his time gardening, reading, and playing golf. He is married and now lives in Shropshire.