Friday, 28 February 2014

" The Disciple " by Steven Dunne

Part 2 of The Reaper series, The Disciple sees the return of Detective Inspector Brook with all his quirkiness still intact.  Having witnessed the death of serial killer, The Reaper, he is then shocked to discover some cases which carry the signature of the dead killer. How can this be? Is it a copy cat or something more sinister? Why is DI Brook under suspicion in the drowning of a man who lives miles away? Why has an ex FBI agent moved next door? These are questions which the DI needs to find answers to quickly, before there are more murders.

I was a huge fan of the first Steven Dunne novel, The Reaper and still rave about it on Twitter and Facebook as well as to any crime fiction lovers I encounter.  This was obviously going to be a hard act to follow and I delayed reading the second installment for a while.  
This book has two stories; one is DI Brooks' workload and the other from the past, in USA. What is the link? You will have to read it to find out.......
I love Steven's writing, it's not too fast paced, has nicely structured chapters and great characters.  The only problem I had with this book was that there were so many characters that I was losing track and had to keep flicking back to see who was who.  The flashback sections were great and I loved the introduction of FBI agent Mike Drexler.  The gruesome stories from the past have a relevance to DI Brooks and his past dealings with The Reaper, which means you should really read The Reaper before this novel. As both books are great value on Amazon, this makes it like a 2 for 1 offer !

Steven Dunne is an author to be reckoned with in the world of Crime Fiction.  A refreshing change from all the Go-To authors who dominate bookshelves around the world.  Give this English author a chance. I think you will be glad you did. 

The Disciple is published by Avon, a division of Harper Collins

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