DS Glyn Capaldi, half Welsh, half Italian, all maverick, returns in the CWA shortlisted series blowing fresh life into crime fiction. DS Glyn Capaldi, exiled to the big, empty middle of Wales to atone for past sins in Cardiff, is called in to investigate a human skeleton that has been uncovered during the excavations for a wind farm in a remote valley. The body is missing its head and its hands. Identity erasure or a ritual killing?
Glyn's assertion that there must be a local connection is overruled by his superiors. They believe that the body has been transported and dumped, a theory that gains support when additional bodies start to pile up. But Capaldi is unconvinced, and sets out to prove that there is someone within the local community capable of achieving the levels of cold and manipulative brutality that have been demonstrated.
©2013 Ewart Hutton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"More stings in the tail than a bag of scorpions" (Val McDermid)
Spend my time cycling, reading, listening to audiobooks and music, baking and running about after 3 grown up kids, cats and chickens.
I've listened to the first two in this series in quick succession and have started on the third. Brilliant books, love them.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
For DS Glyn Capaldi living in rural Wales seems a bitter exile from Cardiff, but there is more to it than just lost tractors, sheep and wet weather, it seems. Hutton writes an entertaining story with humour and suspense. I found it hard to stop listening to the story and get on with other things. A good story and a good narrator - Hutton will definitely be on my list of authors to watch out for in future.
At first, Glyn Capaldi seems to have echoes of Jimmy Perez from Cleeves's Shetland series: the mix of Felt and Mediterranean, the second meant to rural isolation with a somewhat murky past, but that is where the comparison ends. Where Perez is brooding and contemplative, Capaldi is much more your regular guy and writing in the first person with his tongue-in-cheek style, the author has made him seem very real. He certainly has his faults, but is, at the same time, a very sympathetic character. The story is original and keeps the reader guessing and has a nice couple of twists. The performance is also excellent. Recommended.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.