They have taken DS Aector McAvoy's family. They have taken DCI Colin Ray's foundation. They have taken DS Trish Pharaoh's fight.
Now the ruthless criminal network that has tightened its stranglehold on Hull intends to take everything that remains from those who dare to stand in its way.
Taking Pity is a police procedural thriller that pulls no punches. It is the story of three officers who can take no more and a merciless nemesis that takes no chances, no prisoners and no pity.
©2015 David Mark (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd
"Outstanding." (Peter May)
"Fast-moving and tightly plotted, with strong characterisation and a likeable protagonist." (Guardian)
"One of the darkest of the new faces in British crime writing, and not one to miss." (Daily Mail)
"Exceptional... An exciting new talent." (Val McDermid)
"David Mark dissects the dark strange underbelly of Hull with a steely precision. The city has found its Rankin." (Stav Sherez)
Great idea, great narration but for me there were to many jumps between characters and plots that were poorly signposted.
It's a pity I ever started to listen to this. Why an author needs to describe barbaric torture in such graphic detail whilst using such foul Medieval English is beyond me. For those listeners who delight in expletives, depravity and detailed torture techniques then you are very welcome to listen. For those of us who enjoy a cleverly written constructive detective story written skilfully then look for a more intelligent author who does not have to resort to this type of boring dialogue. As for the narrator he suits the book, morose, monotonous and exceptionally boring.
This is the first time I have felt the need to write a bad review out of the hundreds of Audible books in my library. If I keep well away from this author it may well be the last. It really should carry a warning.
Thank goodness for Audible and the incredible choice on offer, but in future I shall steer well away from anything carrying this author's name.
It's a pity to give this any star ratings but I am bound by the requirements and give them very reluctantly. In defence of my review I did give it ample opportunity to interest me and listened till the twelfth chapter. That is having fast forwarded past the unlistenable parts, which I hasten to add covered a major percentage of the story.
The storyline is engaging and moves with a good pace. At times it can be a little far fetched to be believable even for a crime thriller but the plot in general is well thought out and sound. Background is quite important so read the others in the series first but this is definitely the best so far.
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