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The Cold Killer: A BRAND NEW gripping crime thriller from Ross Greenwood for 2022 (The DI Barton Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
It's hard to live when you think you deserve to die…
When a tired old inmate is found dead in his cell, the prison is obligated to investigate and so DI Barton attends. The men he interviews have been convicted of some of the worst things a human being can do, but it appears likely that the death was due to natural causes.
When the house of the dead man is burgled and that crime is followed by a suspicious fire, Barton desperately needs to speak to his widow, but she’s nowhere to be found.
In the space of twenty-four hours, everyone he wants to talk to has vanished. Then he receives some post which makes him believe he could be the next to disappear.
Barton’s investigation goes full circle, through a series of brutal murders, back to the prison, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he’s made a terrible mistake.
There’s a violent killer on the loose, who wants everyone to learn that some people deserve to die.
DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his bestselling series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin.
Praise for Ross Greenwood:
'Move over Rebus and Morse; a new entry has joined the list of great crime investigators in the form of Detective Inspector John Barton. A rich cast of characters and an explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.' author Richard Burke
‘Master of the psychological thriller genre Ross Greenwood once again proves his talent for creating engrossing and gritty novels that draw you right in and won’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking ending.’ Caroline Vincent at Bitsaboutbooks blog
'Ross Greenwood doesn’t write clichés. What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle with believable characters that's spiced with a lot of humour.' author Kath Middleton
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- ASIN : B08MVTHR3S
- Publisher : Boldwood Books (25 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2638 KB
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- Print length : 364 pages
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As ever with this series, a number of the scenes are told in first person perspective from the point of view of one of the books key antagonists. It is fair to say that there is no love lost between this person and DI Barton, but as you might expect, this voice remains anonymous for a very long time. Nothing unusual in that. Most mystery or thriller books like to keep the 'bad guy' a secret. But there's a slight twist in this tale. The list of suspects really is finite. And already behind bars. A large proportion of the story takes place in prison, where any number of people could have cause to hate Barton, but to hate their fellow inmates more. It adds an interesting element of mystery to the story. The killer - or killers perhaps - remain in plain sight throughout, but even though we are travelling through the narrative from their perspective, we still don't have a clear view of who they are, or what they may be capable of.
I. really do like the character of DI Barton and his team, principally his Sergeants, Shawn Zander and Kelly Strange. They work really well together, mostly, a brilliant unit that fire off each others ideas and you get a great sense of authenticity from them. The banter that flows between them serves well to offset some of the tension of the investigation and with a number of the key suspects already known to the team, you know it's going to be a challenge to identify exactly whodunnit. But for all the professionalism and banter, there is a more serious side to this story for Barton, with the author exploring a topic surrounding Barton's family which is very relevant and which a number of readers will no doubt identify with, as he deals with his mother's rapidly declining health.
The motives for murder in this novel are made clear quite early on, and the investigation touches on some very dark subjects that are handled in a way which is careful and respectful to victims of such violence and abuse. Part of the story takes place in a secure unit within the prison that houses the men. convicted of sexual offences, so it is fair to say that it is hard to be sympathetic in any way towards the victims. It also makes the potential list of suspects is vast, from victims to extended families, to people who simply take offence to the crime itself. There is a kind of hierarchy of crime within the prison, and it is safe to say these men are isolated from the rest of the population for a reason. But even with the care taken by the author not to graphically or gratuitously present the violence, there were scenes in which the casual and unapologetic nature of the abusers really made the skin crawl and the anger bubble. Not enough to turn you away from the page, more to draw you deeper in, waiting to see how far down the payback checklist the killer is able to get.
Fast paced, packed with tension and with brilliant characters I have really found myself increasingly attached to, I love the feeling of authenticity from these books, and the sense of mystery that keeps be guessing right to the very last page. This book isn't just about revenge. There is a sense of redemption and of new beginnings, as well as some sad farewells. Most of all it was thoroughly entertaining, making me smile and scowl in equal measure. If you are looking for some great Detective fiction for your next read. Look no further. The DI Barton series is definitely recommended.
HMP Peterborough is a significant location within this book as it is with many of the author's novels. RG used to work in the prison, giving his descriptions a high degree of authenticity that many authors could not hope to achieve. The details are very accurate, for example RG mentions the "call signs" to which officers are allocated and describes some of the meals (often the highlight of the day for many reasons).
I live near Peterborough, always appreciating the detail in the local references and being curious about the specific locations used. It's not difficult to imagine the inside of Thorpe Wood police station and also to understand the distances between the various places around the city.
Running parallel to DI Barton's narrative is a first person narrative of a character who starts in the prison which is written in a way that raises more questions than it answers.
Around the main plot, Barton is given the space for his character to develop and he takes full advantage of this. We spend time with his family, watching as his children develop and his mother gets older - this progression is important as the reader moves from book to book.
This time, his knowledge and experience of working in a prison is very evident. It starts with the death of a prisoner, followed by the release of some sexual predators from prison. Suddenly the murder count rises and once again, Barton and his team are trying to figure out who is killing these while also trying to locate the whereabouts of the wife of the prisoner who died in prison.
Alongside this hectic investigation, Barton's domestic situation features prominently with his ailing mother who has dementia, now living at home with his family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. As usual, the pace is quick and it's so easy to read. It's violent but gripping and you won't want to put it down. The involvement of his mother who has dementia brings some sadness and poignancy to the story and adds to the realism. You just feel like you're part of Barton's team. There is also plenty of humour to balance things out.