When I reviewed Ashes to Ashes, a previous book in this series, I declared it to be my guilty secret. I like my books to be as realistic as possible but I found DS Mark “Heck” Heckenburg to be a little bit too gung-ho. However I did like him.
In this book Heck is back, and is just as gung-ho.
The SCU is under threat. The austerity measures are taking effect and as a specialist team, looking a niche crimes, they are seen as an extravagance that the Police can’t afford.
To try to raise their profile they have taken on an almost impossible task. Split into teams of two they are tasked to hunt down and arrest England and Wales’s 20 most wanted criminals.
Heck is teamed with new DC Gail Honeyford and sent to track a vicious armed robber who is thought to be responsible for a number a robberies where people were killed in the most horrific manner.
Eddie Creeley is a psychopath. Even his one-time associates want nothing to do with him. But what Heck doesn’t know is Eddie has gone missing. That is until his sister gets a video showing what has happened to him.
Heck is now on the hunt for a psychopath who is in danger.
The story concentrates on Hecks investigations, and in typical Paul Finch style this is a real high speed rollercoaster of a story.
These books are more Mission Impossible than Morse on a scale of reality. But for some reason I love them.
If you like your fiction adrenaline fuelled, and on the edge of reality then you will love these books as much as me.
I recommended the Heck series to a friend who is into the Jack Reacher books by Lee Childs, and who would wouldn’t usually read UK Crime fiction. He enjoyed them as much as me.
Paul Finch is managing something most authors don’t. He is crossing two genres, action and crime, and actually coming out well in both camps.
Publishing Date: 9th August 2018.
Ashes to Ashes review https://nigeladamsbookworm.com/2017/02/19/ashes-to-ashes-paulfinch/