A cop killer on the loose in Cardiff – introducing a dark and gritty new voice in crime fiction, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and David Mark
At a squalid flat near the Cardiff docks, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong when the police aren’t the only unexpected guests. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range, the original suspect is left in a coma. The killer, identity unknown, slips away.
Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts his first day on the CID. With the city in shock and the entire force reeling, he is desperate to help - but unearths truths that lead the team down an increasingly dark path…
The story starts off in Nigeria where a man drops a boy off with a priest in an orphanage. Alarm bells instantly were ringing in my head as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that something very un towards is going on and I was frightened as to what was in store for the young boy.
Even though the story may start off in Nigeria, the remainder of the story is pretty much set in Cardiff. We are introduced to new ‘kid on the block’, Will MacReady who I just loved.
Will is obviously wanting to prove himself but he seems to be a bit of a law unto himself. I did get the feeling though that to a certain extent he does respect Beck who is above him but she has her work cut out trying to control him.
Charlotte Beck is another character who I really enjoyed reading about. I have to say I can’t wait for more in the series and to see how both Beck and Macready’s working relationship grows over it. I think it will make for some explosive reading.
Not only does Macready have a lot on in his work life, as with most fictional detectives, he has a lot going on in his personal life also. To be honest I was just as intrigued as to what was happening in his personal life, which when you read this book for yourself you will understand why.
Ash and Bone is a strong and solid first book to a new crime thriller series. The authors police background certainly stands out in parts and it made for an entertaining and gripping read. Look forward to more.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Ash and Bone is available to purchase from Amazon.