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Summary

The second dark and twisted thriller in the Avison Fluke series by M. W. Craven, the acclaimed author of The Puppet Show.  

Investigating how a severed hand ends up on the third green of a Cumbrian golf course is not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke has planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secret protection unit from London swoops in quoting national security, he's secretly pleased.    

But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people, and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he's only just been barred from.    

In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of New Age travellers, corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he's alienated his entire team, has been arrested under the Terrorism Act - and has made a pact with the devil himself. But a voice has called out to him from beyond the grave. And Fluke is only getting started....  

©2019 M. W. Craven (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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"This is high quality crime writing." (A. A. Dhand)

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Excellent

I am really enjoying this writer's books. I like his characters and the plots are good. What more can I say? I've read the two books just released in two days, they are certainly worth the cost of a credit!

Ah well! I'm now hoping for another in his other series, Washington Poe!

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brilliant

love these characters what a great book will download the next one when it is released

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Fantastic book

Love the characters, humour and intricate plot. Had me laughing and on the edge of seat. Finale is brilliant

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A good listen

But I have to caveat that with the sheer silliness and unbelievable situations that our hero gets himself into and miraculously manages to get out of with ease, John Banks narration saves this book from the realm of the ridiculous

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Another cracker from M W Craven

I discovered M W Craven through his Washington Poe novels and his Avison Fluke series doesn't disappoint. Another well crafted story and the same dry humour as in Cravens other novels, I thoroughly enjoyed Body Breaker. I just hope there's more to come for Fluke!

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Definitely Worth a Credit

I'm really enjoying the M. W Craven books. They're fast paced with lots of twists and interesting storylines. I love Fluke's relationship with Towler, it's unconditional. Hopefully there is a third book in the pipeline, they left us on a bit of a cliffhanger.
Is it just me, or have other people noticed the similarities between the leading characters? Fluke with his log cabin and Poe with his Shepherds Croft - both in isolated locations and having problems with the possibility of eviction. Nevertheless, they make the drive to and from work much more exciting.

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Another disappointment

Have read the three Washington Poe books and enjoyed them so read born in a burial gown, which was so good. But I truly disliked this. Looking forward however to the next Washington Poe.

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Even better than the first

Really gripping - I loved it. I really enjoy the narrator too, perfect for the role. I can’t wait for the next instalment :-)

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Gripping

I absolutely loved this book. I laughed out loud at Towler and fell in love with him a little. It was brilliant, so clever i want to listen again!

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Excellent, fantastic and well worth listening to.

Great characterisation and a plot that pulls you in. The narrator is extremely engaging and conveys the emotions if the characters effortlessly.