The on going police series has now reached book 5. As I only discovered this series very recently I have been binge reading it. It’s a testament to how good these books are that I am gutted that I’ve got to wait until publication day for the next one.
The lead character, DCI Rob Miller is one of those lovely rarities, a cop with no issues. A happy family man. No vices, no irritations, just a man doing his job.
His team is ever evolving with a strong core of three or four , but with others rotating in and out of his team. Every one of them is well written and just right for the role they play in the Police, and in the story.
The villains and victims are also perfectly written and evoke just the right level of anger and empathy.
In these two books the team are on the tracks of more vicious killers, but one investigation is really personal.
The Box Hill Killer.
12 years ago four people were killed by, who the press dubbed, The Pentagram Killer. When a current murder investigation throws doubt on the original investigation, of the four murders, Millers team have the headache of a current, and a historic crime being linked highlighting a miscarriage of justice.
What they don’t expect is to find a body dump, but when a cadaver dog starts to indicate possible burials in a remote area of a park, that is exactly what they find.
A great story.
The South Bank Murders
Possibly the best book in the series, and it starts with a bang.
3 men are killed in a shooting in a restaurant. One of them as a retired Police Officer who was very close to Rob and his team. In fact he’d phoned Rob on the day he was killed and asked him out for a drink.
The team find themselves involved in an investigation that involves County Line Drugs dealings centred on a rough Council Estate.
The realism of the writing in this book is brilliant. The way young immigrants are exploited to run drugs and carry out burglaries. The way the gangs Cuckoo people on the estate. People who want nothing to do with crime having to be involved because they’re to scared not to be.
Trying to work out who is lying because they are guilty, and those who are lying because they are too scared to tell the truth.
Who can the team trust. The quandary of the modern day police where estates are run by gangs who hold more fear than the authorities.
This is not just the best book in the series, it’s one of the best books I’ve read. Stunning.
Publisher Joffe Books. Pages: 332 and 298. Available now.