From the husband and wife team who are the storyline consultants to TV’s Happy Valleyand Scott & Bailey, comes the brand new book in the D.I. Jack Dylan series, which takes the reader back to where it all began…
When Detective Jack Dylan heads home after a residential course, he has no idea that an extraordinary succession of events is about to turn his life upside down. A vicious, unprovoked attack is just the start. Soon his wife is dead and his step-daughter – dangerously depressed – is being expelled from university for drug use. And at work, two teenagers have gone missing.
An ordinary man might break under the strain, but Dylan is no ordinary man. He knows that his survival depends on him carrying on regardless, burying himself in his work.
He is determined to pursue the criminal elements behind the events – both personal and professional – whether his superiors like it or not. And, as his family disintegrates around him, a newcomer to the admin department, Jennifer Jones, seems to offer some sort of salvation.
Life may have changed, but nothing will stand in the way of Dylan’s quest for justice.
Poetic Justice is the brilliant prequel to the already fantastic DI Dylan crime series. So fear not if you haven’t yet read any of the books in the series as it doesn’t matter one iota. This is where it all starts. If like me you are already a fan of the series, then you really will not want to miss reading this novel as it is an absolute must read.
I love Jack and Jen, so was dying to see how their relationship all started out. For me though, this is very much Jack’s story. Yes Jen features in it and we get to see a glimpse of her past, but mainly the story focuses on Jack Dylan and boy what a roller coaster of a ride the authors take us on.
What comes across more than anything through out this story is Jack’s inner strength. Life really does hit him with everything at once and I think what he goes through would mentally cripple most of us, not Jack though. Even though he is still deeply affected, his fight for truth and justice sees him through.
I really enjoyed how the authors centre the story round Dylan. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting in this prequel but what I got was more than I had hoped for. I certainly hadn’t envisioned that the case that the police would be working on would involve the man himself. What is more frustrating is that as it involves him, he can’t work directly on it. This made Larry, his work colleague really stand out with his support for Dylan, keeping him in line when there’s signs of Dylan stepping over it and keeping him informed with everything that is going on. It really does make for a compelling read.
Poetic Justice is the authors best book to date. The story line made this feel more personal and if I wasn’t already a big enough #TeamDylan fan, then without a doubt I am even more so now. Guaranteed to win over new and old fans to the series, Poetic Justice is an enthralling, page turner of a read that held some surprises and had me an emotional wreck in places. Absolutely loved it and really can’t praise it highly enough.
My thanks to The Dome Press for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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R.C. Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic edge to their stories. The writing duo created the character DI Jack Dylan, a down-to-earth detective, written with warmth and humour. The ninth book in the series will be published by The Dome Press in 2019, along with their backlist. A further crime series is presently being scripted by the pair, which has a strong
Yorkshire female character – Charley Mann – at the helm.
Bob was a highly commended career detective of 30 years, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent. During his last three years, he took charge of 26 murders, 23 major incidents, over 50 suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults. He was also a trained hostage negotiator with suicide interventions, kidnap, terrorism and extortion.
As a Detective Inspector he spent three years at the internationally acclaimed West Yorkshire Police Force Training School where he taught Detectives from all over the world in the whole spectrum of investigative skills and the law. On promotion to Detective Superintendent, Bob was seconded to a protracted enquiry investigating alleged police corruption in another force. He worked on the Yorkshire Ripper and Sarah
Harper murder, and received praise from Crown Court Judges and Chief Constables alike for outstanding work at all ranks, including winning the much-coveted Dennis Hoban Trophy.
As a police civilian supervisor, Carol also received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work.
The couple are the storyline consultants / police procedural on BAFTA-winning BBC1 police drama Happy Valley and series 3 of ITV’s Scott and Bailey, and are presently working with Scott Free Production scriptwriters on two commissioned TV drama series.
Carol started and chaired the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle in 2008, along with Bob, where she created an annual charitable community writing competition to inspire others of all ages. This event has raised over £10,000 for Island charities.
The couple pride themselves on being up-to-date on past and present day UK police procedures, and as a result, Bob is regularly sought by UK television, radio and national and local newspapers for comment on developing major crime incidents etc. They have also taken part in BBC Radio 4 (Steve) PUNT P.I.
Together they can regularly be seen as speakers at a variety of events in the literary world and work with colleges in schools in providing writing seminars and workshops, and they also work with International TV / Film make-up artist Pamela Clare, to help inspire her students at the White Rose Colleges.
Eight annual R.C. Bridgestock trophies are annually awarded to students.
Carol and Bob are also patrons and ambassadors for several charities.
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