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Twenty years later, Brighton is facing a serial killer. DS Minter investigates the most bizarre and disturbing murder of his career; the dismembered body of a local woman dumped on a station platform. And when another body is found, Minter realises he is hunting a brutal killer with an IQ off the scale, the likes of which the city has never seen.
Mark then worked in PR before choosing to re-train as a teacher. He returned to university in to begin an MA in Creative Writing. It was there that he started to write the novel that would become Flesh and Blood , the first in the Minter series. This book is a new British crime novel set in Brighton.
It follows a police operation aiming to bring down a large drugs ring. The book opens with the death of an undercover police officer and the realisation that the operation may have been compromised. For DSI Tom Beckett, who has been leading this operation through his own personal grief, this looks like it could be Full review can be found here. For DSI Tom Beckett, who has been leading this operation through his own personal grief, this looks like it could be the end of his career as he knows it.
With the threat of budget cuts making itself evident and the potential leak, it seems that Operation Windmill is doomed to fail without having been completed. DS Minter is the new guy on the team and has a bit of a patchy relationship with the team as well as having his own past demons to deal with. This book starts by dropping the reader into the middle of the action with catalyst happening within the first few pages. With a view that covers everyone - from police officers to the drug barons - you get to see all the points of view and their thoughts on the matter, no matter how small the character's part.
I found this to add to the mystery instead of take away from it as it had you left with more questions and totally ruined any suspicions I was already forming. I have the feeling that Peterson really did his research before writing this book - on politics as well as police work - and this came across well in many of the things that happened throughout the plot. With such a lively backdrop as Brighton, Peterson has really brought the area to life, using it's vivid reputation to set the scenes and help move it along without having to go into too much unnecessary detail.
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This is the latest and is said to be 1st in a series featuring DS Minter. The story is one of drug dealing and a police operation to deal with the problem which has gone wrong.
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The violence is fairly graphic, starting with the first chapter and not fiving up. The writer captures the locale well, and the gay culture of, particularly, the Kemptown area, setting the story around the annual Gay Pride march through the city. I liked the character of DS Minter and officers with whom he works. Whether the characters and descriptions of those on the other side of the law are correct, I cannot say!
Nov 10, Lisa Marie rated it liked it. This was certainly not the best I've ever read when it comes to UK police procedural. I found it jumped around alot too many narratives and a little slow going in the beginning. I give this about a 3. It certainly picked up in the 2nd half and it took awhile before you give a crap about the main character. For a while, i wasn't sure who the main character was. I hope book 2 flows better. May 16, Sue rated it really liked it. Enjoyable story set in Brighton involving the turf wars of drug dealers.
Good characterization of Minter, the cop sent to spy on the team from HQ who will have none of that, the dealers themselves and the police offers. At first I did get confused by the number of characters being introduced - police, drug dealers and rent boys. Brighton itself played a significant part and the ending was set up for a follow up which I will definitely read. TMI at times regarding the crimes. First of a new to me series of British police procedurals. Interesting characters, somewhat run of the mill plot drug stuff and a bit gory in spots, but I really got hooked on the main folks.
Set in Brighton, so it reminded me a bit of the Roy Grace series. I have 2 sitting here waiting for me, so I will get to it very soon.
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Dec 21, Linda rated it liked it. Not a bad start to a series, many of the characters who seemed rather one dimensional became more realistic as the plot progressed. I would be interested in reading the sequel to this before I decided whether it would investing more time in the author or not. It's not the best detective book I've read however it was still an enjoyable read. Really enjoyed. Good dark and gritty crime story. Enjoyed the Brighton 'underworld' stuff! Very well written, kept me guessing for a while as I read on. The characters in this book, some of the seeder side of English life.
I would highly recommend this book. Apr 18, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: , library. I love to find first novels. Often I get new authors to add to my 'go to' list. I have found another in Mark Peterson. This was an excellent read. Crime novel by numbers. Predictable and unsurprising but still enjoyable enough to read to the end. Ivan Dawson rated it really liked it Jul 15, Angela Makinson rated it it was ok Aug 21, Owen Britton rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Elizabeth Anne Williams rated it it was amazing Jun 17, Halimah rated it really liked it Jan 16, Louisa Holloway rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Simon Fenwick rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Elizabeth McNicholl rated it really liked it Dec 11, Peter rated it really liked it Mar 01, Dina rated it liked it Mar 30, Katherine J Ashley rated it it was amazing Oct 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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