The Blurb - what's it about?
It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.
But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.
Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.
Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.
Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…
My review -
Scarlett Macey is a detective sergeant with a mission. A rapist has been freed and his victims denied justice because they were afraid to testify. Scarlett wants to catch him and put him away. Colleagues of hers are having a hard time of it at the moment and the team are pulled apart in different ways. She feels she’s being stalked but her superior denies there’s evidence. It’s going to be an up-hill struggle for her but she’s determined. But then, so is he.
I found this an instant draw. We can all imagine what it’s like to know someone is guilty and not just fail to get a conviction, but to see him flaunting your lack of success. This is one of those books you have to keep reading. The characters were interesting and interacted well. I wished them the best, though it didn’t always happen. It’s gritty stuff but a darned good read.
Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.
His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr. He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.
Michael Fowler has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.
He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.
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