Book 5 in the DI Tom Ridpath series. Those of you who have read the earlier book will know that Ridpath has had a tough time. The first book saw him returning to work following months of extensive treatment for cancer.
Unable to return to full duty he was sent to work for the Greater Manchester Coroner as her main investigator and Police liaison officer.
This has allowed The author some leeway in the way he approaches crime, and the crimes he approaches.
In this story Ridpath is transitioning back into the MIT, but he’s seen as a bit of an outsider who doesn’t necessarily work well in a team. He certainly doesn’t get on with the newly appointed DCI, although there is a degree of empathy from the Superintendent.
I would only usually recommend a book in a series when it can be read as a standalone, but in this case this book really does need to be read in its place in the series.
The story revolves around cases Ridpath has been involved in, or have been covered, in the previous stories.
A man who was wrongly convicted, who was caught by Ridpath on his first day in uniform, the same man that Ridpath exonerated when he put the real killer behind the bars, is now a free man.
Somebody is working their way through a list of people involved in putting him away, somebody is extracting revenge in the worst way.
Ridpath connects the first 2 revenge crimes quickly but with the DCI ridiculing him at every opportunity he finds it hard to convince the MIT that they are connected to the old case.
The story looks at Ridpaths attempt to re-establish his place in MIT and stop a killer before everybody involved in the convictions fan “innocent” man are killed, including himself.
So, am i recommending this book. Too right I am. But you really should read the other 4 first to get the most out of it.
Publishing date: 24th September 2020