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Summary

You can never escape the past. Especially on the moors....

After the National Crime Agency cracks a major drug gang, junior barrister Julia McGann finds herself defending the violent enforcer Terrence Bonner. This high-profile case is a coup for her, but almost immediately things start to go wrong. Intruders break into her house, and then a young girl turns up at her door with a horrifying story to tell.

Three months later, DCI Craig Gillard and his team struggle with the shocking murder of a much-respected local headmaster, found dead in his own car. The baffling crime fills the newspapers but yields few clues. As Gillard sifts the evidence, a pair of blood-spattered gloves seems important.

Why were they used for both the murder and for the burglary at Julia’s house? What secrets is the barrister hiding...and what happened on the Derbyshire Moors two decades ago that could be the key to these shocking events?

A story of deceit, vengeance and blackmail, best-selling author Nick Louth will leave you reeling in this unpredictable crime thriller.

©2021 Nick Louth (P)2021 W F Howes

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Ridiculous, far fetched nonsense!

I enjoyed the previous DCI Gillard books but this one is so far fetched, it is absolute nonsense. I have no idea how it has 4 out of 5 stars!

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Utter not nonsense

I’ve read all of the books in this series and enjoyed them but this one SERIOUSLY! The entire premise from beginning to end was absolutely stupid! I know that sometimes you have to suspend belief but in all honesty this was too much! Didn’t like the characters and the inclusion of the main characters was cursory- if I were marking this I’d use a red pen and tell the writer MUST DO BETTER!

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don't bother

couldn't make it through. Really enjoyed the series up to now but couldn't finish this one. Characters not engaging and plot ridiculous

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Not really a DCI Gillard book

I just don’t think there was enough DCI Gillard in it to class it as part of the series. No character development. Really disappointed.

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So glad I listened

I have loved this series so far and I worried that this would be bad, based on reviews.
It isn’t and I think it was very good, especially the ending which made me think.

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Ridiculous

I’ve liked all his other stories but this has all the credibility of a B52 bomber landing on the moon. The narration was excellent but the story was far-fetched to an extraordinary degree and just got worse as it went on. It’s like he decided to get another one out while he was riding on the success of his others.

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Very tedious and disappointing

I am a firm follower DCI Craig Gillard novels, but this one really stretches the point. It seems to me to never get to the point, and even though some plots seem to be getting a little far fetched, this one tipped me over the edge. I just wanted it over. I found the credulity of the main female character, a professional, to be implausible, as the main plot is also. Craig Gillard rarely appears and the narrative is so drawn out it nearly detracts from the good narration. Give this one a miss.

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So disappointing

I wish I'd read reviews first but, as I had enjoyed all the other books in the series I assumed this would be of a similar calibre. A ridiculous rambling storyline with so little involvement from the lead detective, he seems to be a cameo in his own book. I'd skip this if I were a fan of previous books. I wish I had.

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farfetched and disjointed

Love DI Gillard but he barely featured. Not a fan of personality transplants and the "I have no choice" scenarios.

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Enjoyed most of the others, not this one

A rather silly, unbelievable and childish plot. Not enough Gillard. Having enjoyed the previous novels, I wish I hadn’t bothered with this one

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  • 09-08-21

Wow! Didn't see that coming

Terrific addition to the series. Grim humor. Twisted, deviously clever plot. I took 1 star off the story because occasionally my belief in what people found themselves capable of doing slipped. Lots of moral ambiguity here. Very diverting book, robustly performed.

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  • Virginia S. O'Bryan
  • 20-08-21

An Awful Story

Despite the excellent narration, the story line was actually quite awful. I considered quitting several times but listened doggedly to the end—and was sorry I did. I have enjoyed all of the previous Craig Guillard books, but he didn’t even appear all that often in this one. I started out feeling pity for the character of Julia but ended up feeling utter disgust for her. She was weak, pathetic, and corruptible. The ending had the feel of a cliffhanger but I sincerely hope the author never resurrects Julia or her friend Rachel . If the next book is about them., I definitely won’t be reading it

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  • Miami18
  • 29-08-21

Utter Garbage

This is not only the worst book in the series, it’s one of the worst books I have come across in a long while, and I devour books. This is not a DCI Gillard book, he barley makes an appearance. Ninety percent of this book is about a female barrister who is one of the worst written characters I have come across in a LOOONG time. It takes effort to write a character this badly and she is the main character in this mess of a novel. If there was an award for “Best Too Stupid To Live Charter in a Novel” Nick Louth would win a lifetime achievement for “Julia”, a woman so incredibly stupid and inept that there is no way she would have survived to adulthood, much less become a barrister. Each action and decisions contradicts the one before to the point of nausea and they just kept coming. This book only gets worse as it goes on. I returned for a full refund and I am done for good with a writer I had so far enjoyed, that’s how bad this book was.

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  • hedi konieczny
  • 26-08-21

LONG And GLOOMY!!

Not one likable character.....and gloomy !!and .....could s” she” plan anything that sophisticated??.....and then N o t see the end coming?
Save your $ or credit!!!!

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  • Paula M.
  • 13-08-21

Excellent

I really, really enjoyed this book. Just when you think you know where the story is going and you have it figured out it surprises you. Characters are very well developed, too.

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  • cdigo
  • 19-10-21

Yawn.

Not sure why this is considered in the series. The detective is barely in it. Slow story, Julia is a daft barrister. In predicaments that common sense would tell an average person what to do. Pretty much guess ending just not the how. Only reason I finished was to see the how.

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  • Norma Harris
  • 09-10-21

Exceptionally Well Plotted

Best Nick Louth book I have read. Great job of making the female characters ring true.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 28-09-21

Wish there was a zero star option

I saw the bad reviews but decided to make my own judgment. There was nothing to like about any of the characters. Granted villains are unpleasant but no one was likeable. As others stated the regular crew was given token appearances, no joy there. The first half was difficult to follow and by the second half I really didn't care. If this story ending is a setup for another book, I will wait for the reviews and trust them in the future.

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  • Margaret Rose STRINGER
  • 17-09-21

TALK ABOUT NOIR !!

I loathed this book.
Nick must have decided to write "something different", and he certainly has.
But Gillard is the protagonist - at least, he should be.
I found the development of characters unbelievable, frankly; but without the quite astonishing changes that appeared in three of the main ones the story couldn't have been written.
From me a loud "BOOOOO !", and a strongly-voiced request to return to the writing I'm familiar with.

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  • Lindsay
  • 12-09-21

Wait....WHAT!?!?

Soooo did not expect that ending....not sure I like it. Feels very unfinished, but I presume that is a set up for part 2.