The Killing Club by Paul Finch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. The perfect read for fans of Stuart Macbride and Luther.
DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths. But nothing can prepare him for this.
Heck’s most dangerous case to date is open again. Two years ago, countless victims were found dead - massacred at the hands of Britain’s most terrifying gang.
When brutal murders start happening across the country, it’s clear the gang is at work again. Their victims are killed in cold blood, in broad daylight, and by any means necessary. And Heck knows it won’t be long before they come for him.
Brace yourself as you turn the pages of a living nightmare. Welcome to The Killing Club.'
This was the third book in a series and since I had not read any of the others I did think I'd have problems picking this up but the book can easily stand alone and I did not feel at a disadvantage having not read the other two books.
Strong characters and a good plot made this an enjoyable read; pacy in all the right places I trafficked through at high speed. I loved the gritty realism of the storyline, the flaws that made the characters more realistic and the relentlessness of Heck in pursuing these bad guys. Little twists in the plot along the way added to the overall success of this novel so the reader can't second guess what's going to happen; great suspense and good descriptive skills allows the reader to be in the story with Heck, taste his fear being pursued and celebrate with him when he succeeds.
The Killing Club would make a great film and so reminiscent of the Rambo and Die Hard stories I could definitely see this being in the same league.
I don't want to even hint at what happens as this really has to be read to be appreciated and it would be wrong to put in spoilers, just read and enjoy it - I hope Paul Finch is working on the next one and hope I'm on holiday so I can read in one hit. Brilliantly written and well deserving of 5 stars from anyone.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review and allowing me to participate on the blog tour.