Marked for Death by Tony Kent

8DE1F4A4-F904-4FE5-AC76-8D10EC6FA3A5.jpegWhen London’s legal establishment is shaken to its foundation by the grisly crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy is tasked with finding his killer.

Due for Publication: February 2019 – Publisher: Elliott & Thompson 

Tony Kent has elevated himself to the forefront of today’s Crime Thriller writers.

A masterclass in thriller writing.

I was fortunate to pick up a arc at the Harrogate Crime Festival,

Following on from the stunning debut novel Killer Intent, Tony Kent returns with another explosive high octane crime thriller Marked for Death which reunites us with Sarah Truman and Michael Devlin.

Beginning with the crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Sarah finds herself assigned to the story, meanwhile her now fiancée Michael has to try to prove the innocence of a man charged with murder, little do they know how fate and circumstance will bring them together in a race against time and a brutal killer, to say anymore of the story would be to spoil this highly charged thriller.

There are two main stories at the heart of this book, both wonderfully and in the case of the court scenes expertly told, we are also treated in parts to a history of some of London’s streets and locations. (may need a guided tour of some of the locations)

We also get to know more of the back story of Sarah and Michael so adding more depth to the characters, I also particularly liked the way the character of Joelle Levy was written as she struggled the demands of the job with being a single parent (maybe more for another book).

There is a freshness to Marked for Death a gritty, multi layered, engaging cleverly constructed thriller which leaves no loose stones unturned, and ties all the plot lines together, raw, and violent in parts but also with warmth.

Thanks to the authors writing Tony Kent has the ability to grab the readers attention from the opening pages. Make sure you have nothing planned once started you will soon be hooked and drawn in as the book resists any attempt to let go, a classic page turner. The plotting and storyline with its twists and turns is spot on, a fast slick explosive read which will leave you breathless, with a clever an unexpected twist at the end

If like me you loved Killer Intent, then you’re in for a real treat.

Cannot recommend this highly enough. This will undoubtedly be one of the reading hits of 2019

One definitely for the screen.

5*

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