Synopsis: Detective Inspector Avison Fluke is a man on the edge. He has committed a crime to get back to work, concealed a debilitating illness, and is about to be made homeless. Just as he thinks things can’t get any worse, the body of a young woman is found buried on a wet, Cumbrian building site. Shot once in the back of the head, execution style, it is a cold, calculated murder. When the post-mortem reveals she has gone to significant expense in disguising her appearance, and the only clue to her identity is a strange series of numbers, Fluke knows this is no ordinary murder. With the help of a psychotic ex-Para, a gangland leader, and a woman more interested in maggots than people, Fluke must find out who she was and why she was murdered before he can even think about finding her killer. As the body count rises and his investigation takes him from poverty stricken estates to picture perfect Lake District villages, he realizes his troubles are only just beginning. Because someone somewhere has a plan and if Fluke can’t figure out what’s happening, he may just be next."
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: I have another ‘favourite’ lead character with what I think is possibly one of the coolest names. Meet Detective Avison Fluke. I realise right from the start there is something medically wrong with Avison but that isn’t revealed straight away. The only thing the reader is certain of at the beginning is a murder that has taken place and Avison and his team in Cumbria (better known as FMIT, Force Major Investigation Team) are trying their utmost to find a killer.
There are a few characters which stood out, one of them being Avison’s colleague Matt Towler who I particularly liked. Mike Craven’s writing is effortless and captivating, a combination which is difficult to find. His experience on a personal level, being in the army, as well as a probation officer is clear to see and resonates with the story and characters. The plot was weaved and unravelled in a slow methodical way and I found myself still unaware of things until the last minute.
I am annoyed at myself for waiting so long to read this and am eagerly looking forward to future books featuring Fluke and his team. Mike Craven is without a doubt going on my ‘must read’ list. This was a fantastic book that had me absorbed from the first to the very last page. In addition to how great the book is, the icing on the cake was some absolutely cracking one-liners which inject some much needed humour into such a sinister story. Roll on the next book, and if you haven’t heard of