What the publisher says:
Bullying. Corruption. Murder.
It is the summer of 2002. The corpse of a 15 year old boy, who has been missing for thirty years, is discovered in Stoke-on-Trent. The city is on the cusp of change and Chief Superintendent Berkins wants the case solved quickly.
DCI Jim Tyler has arrived from London under a cloud, moving to Staffordshire to escape his past. He is teamed up with DS Danny Mills to investigate the case, but there is tension between the detectives.
When the dead boy’s sister comes forward, describing a bright, solitary child, she points a finger at the school bullies, which puts important careers at stake.
Then one of the bullies is found brutally murdered and when Tyler and Mills dig deeper they start to suspect a cover-up.
What is the connection between the death of a schoolboy in 1972 and this latest killing?
With the pressure building, and the past catching up with DCI Tyler, will he and DS Mills be able to put aside their differences in order to catch a cold-blooded killer?
What I say:
The skeleton of a boy is pulled from a building site by a dog out walking with his owner. When it emerges that this is the boy who went missing thirty years previously a whole chain of events is opened up. The action is smooth, not so fast that you miss things and wonder what happened and not so slow that you skip pages waiting for the story to begin. As the story is set back in 2002 with the murder happening some 30 years before there is no reliance on the internet and modern methods, somehow this made the book more enjoyable for me.
The main character is DCI Jim Tyler, moved from the bright lights of London to what he thinks will be a sleepy town. I found him a likeable character, determined to solve the case but not stepping over his colleagues in the process.
I greatly enjoyed this book, the hints at Jim Tyler’s past and also at the possibility of a future romance were tantalising and I hope will be explored in future novels.
Rating 5 out of 5