Nighthawking by Russ Thomas

Format: Hardback

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Synopsis:

Under the dark cover of night, a figure climbs over the wall of the Botanical Garden with a bag and a metal detector. It’s a dicey location in the populous city center, but they’re on the hunt–and while most of what they find will be worthless, it takes only one big reward to justify the risk. Only this time, the nighthawker unearths a body. . . .

Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler and his newly promoted prot�g�, Detective Constable Amina Rabbani, are officially in charge of Cold Case Reviews. But with shrinking budgets and manpower in the department, both are shunted onto the murder investigation–and when the victim is identified as a Chinese national from a wealthy family, in the UK on a student visa, the case takes on new urgency to prevent an international incident.

As Tyler and Rabbani dig further into the victim’s life, it’s becomes clear there’s more to her studies and relationships than meets the eye, and that the original investigation into her disappearance was shoddy at best. Meanwhile, someone else is watching these events . . . someone who knew the victim, and might hold the key to what happened the night she vanished.

My Thoughts:

Firstly many thanks to the Publisher for sending me a proof copy;

This is my first read of Russ Thomas and what a read, it is a first class Police procedural, entertaining and gripping from first to last.

I found myself immediately hooked from the opening few pages and the discovery of an arm,

This book has it all. The author has crafted a sublime and inventive plot-line which takes the reader in many directions, red herrings are laid aplenty to ensure the reader is always second guessing themselves, the plot twists and turns so that you’re never quite sure what to expect.

Whist the plotting maybe sublime this is also a wonderfully character driven book, without the advantage of reading the previous book, it is apparent that Tyler on the surface appears to be a bit of a loner, slightly abrasive in his manner, maybe slightly damaged by the death of his father, however there is also another side a cop who is sworn to do the right thing, I was drawn to Mina seemingly a bit green around the edges, but not someone who lacks confidence nor afraid to speak her mind, although at times that could land her in trouble.. The book abounds a veritable array of characters all written in the way that makes them come alive on the pages, all for whom you can relate to, to make each one believable

The pace of the book does not let up as the investigation gathers apace, the ending when it comes is not one where I thought it was going and leaves on somewhat of a cliffhanger which just heightens the anticipation for the next book in the series.

It is without doubt a rollercoaster of read with all the thrills and exhilaration that entails

Would highly recommend, hits all the right spots and doesn’t disappoint on any level. It is one of those reads where you find it hard to put down.

I will be buying the first in the series in order to ensure I can have another fix of Adam Tyler

Definitely an author to watch out for in the future. Crime fiction is in safe hands when you have authors and writing in the calibre of Russ Thomas

5*

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