Today, I’m sort of taking part in a blog tour, but I’m actually hosting a guest review from Margaret Russell, a regular with our beloved Joffe Books.
Margaret has written this review for Steve Parker’s latest book, Their Last Words.
About the Book
Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.
A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.
A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”
Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.
Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.
THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.
The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?
How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.
It is great to find a new author you really like and Steve Parker is new for me. This book (previously published at The Sky is Crying) and heavily revised introduces Detective Inspector Ray Patterson who is a fast track copper without a lot of ‘coppering’ under his belt, he is however sharp and clever. He relies heavily on his side kick DS Dave Jordon, who is an old school copper and a total contrast to the Superintendent. Nevertherless the two are friends.
You need your wits about you with this book. It is fast paced and the author has developed a strong cast of characters and a good plot, all dealing with a particularly gruesome crime that develops into a series of crimes. They are all committed by the same pertpetrator who leaves no forensic clues behind to help the Police out.
The Superintendent is also a bit of a ‘Jack the Lad’ busily trying to get his ex-wife back despite the fact that she is living with someone else and is the throes of divorcing him. The language is ripe throughout, although at times funny enough to make me laugh out loud, but this together with the type of crime being dealt with means it is not for the faint hearted. There is also a totally unexpected shock towards the end which left me gasping.
This writer is a welcome addition to the Joffe stable of writers, and they must surely be the Number 1 publishers for current crime fiction.
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About Steve Parker
I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.
Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).
When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.
I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.