30th August 2021.
Once again, Bill Kitson delivers another fast paced and exciting thriller in the sleepy Yorkshire countryside of Helmdale. Original, offbeat, imaginative and intricately plotted, I couldn’t put this book down. It may not be an orthodox police procedural, but it was gripping.
The plot is too complex to describe without spoilers, but it involves Andrew Myers, who was convicted of murdering his wife on shaky evidence. Once freed, he takes up work as a forester, keeping himself to himself.
But someone isn’t finished with him yet.
An assassin is on the loose, slashing the throats of people linked to Myers and his wife. Was there a conspiracy to convict Myers? Who’s paying the assassin? Can Myers stay alive long enough to find the answers?
His best hope is DI Mike Nash and his colleague DS Andrews. But with flu decimating the police ranks, and some influential people in and outside the police involved, it’s going to require an unorthodox approach.
Nash takes something of a back seat in this novel, which in no way diminishes the story. It’s a straight thriller, full of suspense and tension, with some lovely touches as the story hurtles to a resounding climax. There’s even a touch of romance among the thrills.
It’s first rate escapism from an author who’s now one of my favourites. I have the next three novels in the series waiting on my kindle.
Andrew Myers was wrongly convicted of killing his wife by slashing her throat. Finally freed, but not exonerated, he just wants a quiet life far from where the tragedy happened. He goes to work as a forester on an isolated estate in Yorkshire.
BUT THEN A KILLER WITH THE SAME TRADEMARK STARTS CLAIMING NEW VICTIMS, AND IN THE SAME AREA WHERE ANDREW HAS MOVED.
Andrew has a terrible chainsaw accident while cutting trees. He manages to staunch the bleeding while he drives himself to hospital.
His erratic control of his car attracts a policewoman, Lisa Andrews, to stop and help him. But she soon finds out there is more to him than just a hermit-like forester living in the woods.
Is he a callous murderer? Is he now taking a terrible revenge on those who wronged him? Or, does the truth lie elsewhere?