Detective Braddick is summoned to a horrendous crime scene, where it appears a double murder has taken place. The victims’ bodies are missing and the police have no clue as to their identities or who killed them.
As the investigation snowballs, the potential body count rises and the Major Investigation Team have little to go on until DNA evidence is examined.
There appears to be no motive for the dreadful murders until an ancient script is found daubed on the walls of a nearby property. As the clues are unravelled, Braddick and his team realise they are dealing with something they have never experienced before. Because this time they’re tracking evil itself…
This is number 4 in the Braddick series of books by Conrad Jones, but is easily read as a stand-alone.
Detective Superintendent Braddick and his Detective Sergeant, Laurel Stewart are called to a block of flats after an anonymous call about a woman entering a flat but not coming out again. When a PC had arrived the smell meant something untoward had possibly happened, so the detectives were called…..here the horror begins…..
They find part of a body……in a pan on the stove…..!
“‘No problem,’ Braddick said. The smell of cooked human was strong. “
The flats involved are owned by Victoria Theresa May……with a tenant listed as Fabienne…..one of the most disturbing characters I’ve come across for a long while…and her acolytes. The bodies begin to mount up…..is this a serial killer at work or something even more unspeakable?
In the story there is the trafficking of young women, satanism, corruption, murder, cannibalism and depravity in this fast paced, tension filled thriller. There are plenty of twists and surprises to keep you on tenterhooks from start to finish, some tragedy too in this wonderfully dark, so very very dark, read with great believable and likeable (well most of them..) characters…..an absolute credit to Conrad Jones writing, with mentions of current affairs….Brexit.!….that gives this a sense of realism too. I wouldn’t read this at nighttime, just the thought gives me goosebumps….but I’ll still be looking out for the next in the series that’s for sure….
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Conrad Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.
He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim.