Loot by B. L. Faulkner #BookReview #DCSPalmer&SeriousMurderSquad5 #BSAPublishing #IndieAuthor #5*

Palmer and his Serial Murder Squad encounter an old adversary from the Brinks-Mat heist when bodies turn up in similar plastic sacks and the trail leads to WW2 looted German gold in the hands of a prominent Member of Parliament and some pretty nasty criminals.

The gold is moving fast between the various underworld characters and the body count is mounting as Palmer follows it from London to Gloucester and Brighton and gets kidnapped along the way.

Can DS Gheeta Singh keep up and pull the team together for the explosive finale at Brighton Marina.

Terrifically Well-Crafted Series!

My latest read in a series I am so enjoying!

When bodies turn up in matching plastic sacks, Palmer finds himself locked with an adversary of old. With gold still missing from the Brinks-Mat heist and links to Nazi gold, Palmer and Singh have plenty to investigate. This is a fast moving case with the body count mounting – then Palmer gets kidnapped. Can Geeta Singh pull the team together and rescue him?

This is a fantastic series of well-planned criminal investigations and I have relished each and every one. As I find myself on the brink of closing my blog, I would urge everyone to read more indie authors’ work – they are among my favourites! This is a terrific series, each one a well-crafted crime with a crack investigating team all of whom have their part to play. ‘Loot’ has lots of information about gold robberies I was unaware of and is, as always, peppered with humour throughout. Another superb read from Barry Faulkner and a series I will be continuing with. An easy five stars.

My thanks to the author for first bringing his series to my attention; I downloaded this via Kindle Unlimited. This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Author Details

Faulkner was born into an extended family of petty criminals in Herne Hill, South London, his father, uncle, elder brothers and cousins ran with the notorious Richardson crime gang in the 70s-90s, and at this point we must point out that he did not follow in that family tradition although the characters he met and their escapades he witnessed have added a certain authenticity to his books. He attended the first ever comprehensive school in the UK, William Penn in Peckham and East Dulwich, where he attained no academic qualifications other than GCE ‘O’ level in Art and English and a Prefect’s badge (though some say he stole all three!) 
His mother was a fashion model and was determined that her youngest son would not follow the family career path, she had great theatrical aspirations for young Faulkner and pushed him into auditioning for the Morley Academy of Dramatic Art at the Elephant and Castle, where he was accepted but only lasted three months before being asked to leave as no visible talent had surfaced. Mind you, during his time at the Academy he was called to audition for the National Youth Theatre by Trevor Nunn – fifty years later, he’s still waiting for the call back! After several sales jobs and sending advertising ideas to various agencies he was taken on as a copywriter with the major US advertising agency Erwin Wasey Ruthrauff & Ryan in Paddington during which time he got lucky with some light entertainment scripts sent to the BBC and Independent Television and became a script editor and writer on a freelance basis. He worked on most of the LE shows of the 1980-90s and as personal writer to Bob Monkhouse, Tom O’Connor and others. During that period, while living out of a suitcase in UK hotels for a lot of the time, he filled many notebooks with DCS Palmer case plots and in 2017 he finally found time to start putting them in order and into book form. 14 are finished and self published so far, with number 15 on the drawing board. To take a break from Palmer he moved into the ‘thriller’ genre with a series featuring International Private Eye Ben Nevis and his lady partner Alison Gold, known as The Gold Digger. Three are out and number 4 on its way.

Faulkner is a popular speaker and often to be found on Crime Panels at UK Literary Festivals which he embraces and supports wholeheartedly. Before the pandemic he was on Bristol Crime Fest indie panel; HULF Lit Fest and numerous Women’s Institute and other social clubs where he gives an illustrated talk on the big heists in the UK from 1930 to the present day and the ‘geezers watt dun ‘em.’

He has recently been seen on screen giving input in the Channel 5 Narcos UK series, Episode 2 The London Gangs and his DCS Palmer book ‘I’m With The Band’ has been serialised in 16 parts by BBC Radio Bristol. He has been a subject of many radio interviews including Corinium Radio’s Writer’s Room programme, Manchester FM’s Hannah Kate Book show, Hawkesbury Upton Lit. Festival ‘Best of British’ panel, Evesham Festival of Words Crime Panel, in the USA the Howard Lovy nationwide interview and Bristol Crime Fest Indie Crime Author Panel amongst others

As a crime writer Faulkner is quite particular about ‘getting it right’ and as well as his own Facebook page he publishes a page called ‘UK Crime Readers and Writers Page’ which has lots of information about the forensic crime detection methods, police procedurals and other facts of use to both reader and writer of crime and detective books.

Faulkner now lives in the glorious Forest of Dean with his wife and three dogs.

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