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Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year. A MAN SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE. An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmarks of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year. A MAN SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE. An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmarks of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the dismembered torso of a child. On his first day back at work, disgraced Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson finds himself teamed up again with newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks. They must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever encountered before. Within days they know who committed the murders and why, but are left reeling when they are ordered by the government to release the child’s killers. FINDING THE KILLERS WASN’T THE HARD PART. BRINGING THEM TO JUSTICE IS. This is the second in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole. What readers are saying about THE LOST CHILDREN “A really good thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.” Barbara “I was up until 2am as I couldn’t read it quick enough.” Carole “The differences between the two detectives works so well ... they are so much alike ... but yet are miles apart in others” Linda Strong “I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was hooked right from the start.” Sue “A great energetic read.” Michele TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER. Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a 'climber'. Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can. THE AUTHOR Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads. THE SETTING Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation. DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN


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Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year. A MAN SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE. An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmarks of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year. A MAN SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE. An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmarks of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the dismembered torso of a child. On his first day back at work, disgraced Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson finds himself teamed up again with newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks. They must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever encountered before. Within days they know who committed the murders and why, but are left reeling when they are ordered by the government to release the child’s killers. FINDING THE KILLERS WASN’T THE HARD PART. BRINGING THEM TO JUSTICE IS. This is the second in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole. What readers are saying about THE LOST CHILDREN “A really good thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.” Barbara “I was up until 2am as I couldn’t read it quick enough.” Carole “The differences between the two detectives works so well ... they are so much alike ... but yet are miles apart in others” Linda Strong “I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was hooked right from the start.” Sue “A great energetic read.” Michele TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER. Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a 'climber'. Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can. THE AUTHOR Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads. THE SETTING Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation. DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN

30 review for The Lost Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Beata

    *I would like to thank Steve Parker, Joffe Books and Netgalley for providing me generously with ARC in exchange for my honest review.* This is the second book with Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks but for me it was the first one. There is reminiscence of Paterson's previous case which helps the reader to get to know both Ray and Johnny better. The novel covers several themes which have been in the news and films over the last decade and which should be gi *I would like to thank Steve Parker, Joffe Books and Netgalley for providing me generously with ARC in exchange for my honest review.* This is the second book with Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks but for me it was the first one. There is reminiscence of Paterson's previous case which helps the reader to get to know both Ray and Johnny better. The novel covers several themes which have been in the news and films over the last decade and which should be given much more publicity. This book will hopefully play a vital role in doing so. The crimes described are of a most horrific nature and some scenes are really brutal. The novel reads well, the two main characters are well-developed and likeable. Moreover, juxtaposition of their personalities adds positively to the reading. I give four stars as I appreciate the importance of the problems mentioned in the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Detective Superintendent Ray Parker #2 When an elderly African man is found dead, he had been shot through the head. The killing has the hallmark of a professional assassin. It's DS Ray Patersons first day back at work. He had been temporarily suspended. He has been teamed up,with newly promoted DI Johnny Clocks. The men have previously not got along but they will have to learn to gel together. They have been called out to investigate the shooting of a man which leads them to discover another muti Detective Superintendent Ray Parker #2 When an elderly African man is found dead, he had been shot through the head. The killing has the hallmark of a professional assassin. It's DS Ray Patersons first day back at work. He had been temporarily suspended. He has been teamed up,with newly promoted DI Johnny Clocks. The men have previously not got along but they will have to learn to gel together. They have been called out to investigate the shooting of a man which leads them to discover another mutilated body, but this time it's a child. *Warning* Horrendous events are uncovered as the subject matter is not very nice. I did like this book better that the first book in this series. The two detectives work well together. The characters are so different but similar in other ways. This book covers African witchcraft, conspiracy and a mysterious sniper. This is turning out to be a good series with lots of potential. I hope there are going to be many more books to come. This book can be read as a standalone but you will be missing out if you don't read the first book called Their Last Words. I would like to thank Joffe Books and the author Steve Parker for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    DS Ray Paterson is back to work after a temporary suspension. With him is recently promoted DI Johnny Clocks. The two men have not been friends, but their working relationship is finally starting to gel. Being called to investigate the shooting of a man outside a dubious church leads them to the discovery of another body .. that of a young child. Paterson and Clocks must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever come across before. This is an excellent fo DS Ray Paterson is back to work after a temporary suspension. With him is recently promoted DI Johnny Clocks. The two men have not been friends, but their working relationship is finally starting to gel. Being called to investigate the shooting of a man outside a dubious church leads them to the discovery of another body .. that of a young child. Paterson and Clocks must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever come across before. This is an excellent follow-up to THEIR LAST WORDS. While this can easily be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of this thrilling crime series. The characters are solid, well-written. The differences between the two detectives works so well .. they are so much alike ... but yet are miles apart in others. They are terrific crime solvers and will do most anything to bring justice to the victims and their families. The crime herein is shocking. The credibility is due to the author's background in law enforcement. I look forward to future additions to this series. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Negalley / Books n All Promotions / Jill Burkinshaw for the advanced copy of this crime thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Faaar out! This is a 4.5 star action packed read. I'm still confused as to why I've become so enamored with this series - good guys being VERY bad cops (as well as just plain bent ones!) The main characters can play a dirty game when having to cope with the cards they're dealt; this series centres around justice rather than following the letter of the law. Faaar out! This is a 4.5 star action packed read. I'm still confused as to why I've become so enamored with this series - good guys being VERY bad cops (as well as just plain bent ones!) The main characters can play a dirty game when having to cope with the cards they're dealt; this series centres around justice rather than following the letter of the law.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc. I enjoyed the 1st book of this series -- Their Last Words -- and hoped this one would be a good for me. It was better! The story has the same fast pace and the graphic goriness of the first book but the character development was better. In some respects, Ray is still the little spoiled rich boy, but he did show definite signs of maturity and strong character. That probably in part due to his new 2nd in command - Johnny Clocks. A surprise, Somebody Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc. I enjoyed the 1st book of this series -- Their Last Words -- and hoped this one would be a good for me. It was better! The story has the same fast pace and the graphic goriness of the first book but the character development was better. In some respects, Ray is still the little spoiled rich boy, but he did show definite signs of maturity and strong character. That probably in part due to his new 2nd in command - Johnny Clocks. A surprise, Somebody had to step up and pretend to be a grown-up. The Lost Children was a "bigger" story than the first book. While the first one was a chase story after a single serial killer, this one was a story of international brutality and intriguing corruption. For me, an excellent way to spend a hot and humid afternoon. 4.0 solid stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie M

    Witchcraft, collusion, greed and power collide in this brutal suspense novel. I read the first and listened to the second book in the series featuring DS Ray Patterson and DI Jonny Clocks. Neither officer follows the law to the letter, and Patterson's wealth, definitely makes him an intriguing character. Following Patterson's suspension, he returns to a brutal first day back - he is called to the shooting of a man outside of his "church". The crime scene also reveals the mutilated and dismembered Witchcraft, collusion, greed and power collide in this brutal suspense novel. I read the first and listened to the second book in the series featuring DS Ray Patterson and DI Jonny Clocks. Neither officer follows the law to the letter, and Patterson's wealth, definitely makes him an intriguing character. Following Patterson's suspension, he returns to a brutal first day back - he is called to the shooting of a man outside of his "church". The crime scene also reveals the mutilated and dismembered body of a young boy. This is where you start holding on to your lunch! The sacrifice of young African children occurs in London in the name of religious beliefs for money, greed, and power. All are connected to corruption at the highest level. Having lived in Africa, many of the witchcraft beliefs and practices I'd heard of or know of as customary (in a limited capacity) in some cultures. This book is not for the faint-hearted; it is graphic, and it is shocking, but Some of this stuff still happens (e.g. necklacing)! It is not over-written or unbelievable, especially if you have lived in a country where witchcraft is still practised. As despicable as the acts are, the factual accuracy makes it a very important reading, even if the story arc is fictional. Patterson and Clocks work well together, and the crimes are intricate and support the gory details. I will definitely go back to the book version, as the voices used for the detectives nearly had me stopping (Audible)! A really gripping read which kept me turning the pages.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Books 'n' All Promotions

    Wow! I am not really sure where to start with this one. I love adrenaline pumping thrillers, the more explicit the better and the first book in this series ticked every box so I was very excited to read this one. It is heart rending in parts, shockingly so but unfortunately it is also very realistic and I truly believe this does happen even in today's 'modern society' so on with the book...... What we have here is a complex story with many strands and the reader is taken on a rocky road trip to w Wow! I am not really sure where to start with this one. I love adrenaline pumping thrillers, the more explicit the better and the first book in this series ticked every box so I was very excited to read this one. It is heart rending in parts, shockingly so but unfortunately it is also very realistic and I truly believe this does happen even in today's 'modern society' so on with the book...... What we have here is a complex story with many strands and the reader is taken on a rocky road trip to watch all the strands become entangled with Paterson and Clocks working their way through the spaghetti to find out what is actually going on. Corruption, witchcraft, cover ups and money laundering are just a few we can add politics and culture into the mix and sprinkle a vigilante soldier on top and you can be assured you have one hell of a wonderful read. Then on top of a totally shocking twisty turny, breathtaking story we have the detectives: Paterson and Clocks, what a duo. In book one there was a lack of common ground between the two, in this book they have got over that and are now united in their quest to get the bad guys and the humour interlaced brings a brilliant dimension to the book. That is all I am going to say. Go and grab a copy and get reading this is what Crime Fiction should be. An unforgettable read and I loved every page. I just hope book 3 is on the way. My one regret in this book is that the synopsis contains a massive spoiler and that did affect my enjoyment of the book but still a well earned 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    The second book in the series featuring DS Ray Patterson and what a book it is!. This time we find Patterson teamed with DI Jonny Clocks following his return to work. If he was hoping to ease himself back into it he had no hope. Day one starts when they are called to the shooting of a man who has had his head blown off outside his "church". On examination of the crime scene the body of a young boy is discovered. The childs body has been dismembered. A ritualistic sacrificial killing? A tale involv The second book in the series featuring DS Ray Patterson and what a book it is!. This time we find Patterson teamed with DI Jonny Clocks following his return to work. If he was hoping to ease himself back into it he had no hope. Day one starts when they are called to the shooting of a man who has had his head blown off outside his "church". On examination of the crime scene the body of a young boy is discovered. The childs body has been dismembered. A ritualistic sacrificial killing? A tale involving the sacrifice of young african children in the name of religious beliefs for money, greed leading to corruption at the highest level. This book is not for the faint hearted, the descriptions are graphic and although the subject may be shocking I found it hard to put down. The fact that these things actually do happen in real life make it all the more compelling reading. Patterson and Clocks have their work cut out sticking to procedure , will they be able to solve this case and bring the perpetrators to justice by totally legal means? One thing is for sure its a roller coaster of a ride watching them try. A really gripping read which kept me turning the pages. Thanks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC, highly recommend it and look forward to number three!

  9. 5 out of 5

    M D

    DI Paterson is a typical, average billionaire that likes to work as a cop. Long hours, thankless job, bad coffee, getting shot at. Typical. DI Clocks is a sidekick in every way. Rough around the edges, bad mannered, ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, likable. They say that police work is 90% boredom, and from reading this book, I believe it. My main complaint is having to sit through exhausting, boring, meaningless police meetings. There are too many in this book and they don’t do much to get the story DI Paterson is a typical, average billionaire that likes to work as a cop. Long hours, thankless job, bad coffee, getting shot at. Typical. DI Clocks is a sidekick in every way. Rough around the edges, bad mannered, ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, likable. They say that police work is 90% boredom, and from reading this book, I believe it. My main complaint is having to sit through exhausting, boring, meaningless police meetings. There are too many in this book and they don’t do much to get the story to go forward. Not much in the way of surprises either. You are certain who the bad guys are, who the good guys are. Things have to just play out. The big shootout at the airport was good, however I had trouble understanding what exactly was happening at times. At times, I felt that the author piled the gruesomeness of the killing on a bit thick, especially in the African village. I already hated the villain, no need to go through all that rape and torture. The book was okay and reinforces my hesitation about reading books of a series. I never feel that the tale is over.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trupti Mukundan

    A gripping crime thriller! Got me hooked from the very beginning. The two principal characters are not your holier than thou heroes. They have grey shades, a terrible past and a certain liking to break the rules! You can’t help getting drawn to their characters. The main double murder plot Is itself gruesome and spine chilling - it is not for the faint hearted. The details of some of the events are gut wrenching. The author manages to keep the tempo going till the very last line of the book even A gripping crime thriller! Got me hooked from the very beginning. The two principal characters are not your holier than thou heroes. They have grey shades, a terrible past and a certain liking to break the rules! You can’t help getting drawn to their characters. The main double murder plot Is itself gruesome and spine chilling - it is not for the faint hearted. The details of some of the events are gut wrenching. The author manages to keep the tempo going till the very last line of the book even though the killer and the motive is revealed almost half way through the book. If you are looking for a fast paced crime thriller - this is for you...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This book is absolutely brilliant, it's a hold your breath kind of a read. Pretty gruesome in places, but it has to be for the book to get and hold your full attention. It is the second one in the series but could be read as a stand alone as there's plenty of background information on the characters but I prefer to read books in order. I think it is amazing how the story unfolds with all the different aspects to consider. Could something like this actually happen? probably This book is absolutely brilliant, it's a hold your breath kind of a read. Pretty gruesome in places, but it has to be for the book to get and hold your full attention. It is the second one in the series but could be read as a stand alone as there's plenty of background information on the characters but I prefer to read books in order. I think it is amazing how the story unfolds with all the different aspects to consider. Could something like this actually happen? probably

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved the first book in the series ‘Their Last Words’ featuring Detective Superintendent Ray Peterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks and I have impatiently been waiting for the second book in the series. Well the wait is over as ‘The Lost Children’ by Steve Parker was published by Joffe Books on 26th August 2018. When I was able to grab a copy ,I did and I dived straight in. Bloody hell what an amazing read it is. I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit. I have to say that I l I loved the first book in the series ‘Their Last Words’ featuring Detective Superintendent Ray Peterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks and I have impatiently been waiting for the second book in the series. Well the wait is over as ‘The Lost Children’ by Steve Parker was published by Joffe Books on 26th August 2018. When I was able to grab a copy ,I did and I dived straight in. Bloody hell what an amazing read it is. I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit. I have to say that I like Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and I even like Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks even if he is occasionally un-PC and very undiplomatic. Paterson is a career policeman, who has recently returned to work following an incident where he shot and killed a serving police officer. The killing was justified but that doesn’t help the fact that Paterson feels incredibly guilty and he thinks that all other officers will hate him. To say that Paterson is thrown in at the deep end on his return to work is an understatement as he is asked to investigate the shooting of a man through the head, but it also emerges that a dismembered corpse of a child has been found close by in a skip. This upsets Paterson and strengthens his resolve to catch those responsible for the death of the man but above all for the poor bairn. Paterson & Clocks are the sort of policemen who achieve results, even if they don’t always play by the rules or even if they bend the rules a little bit. Clocks strikes me as being a bit of a hard nut but that’s only on the surface. Dig a bit deeper and you will find a soft centre. One of Clocks’ failings is that he often opens his mouth before he puts his brain in gear and that can get him into trouble. He also doesn’t seem to notice when he has upset somebody and some of his questioning can be pretty blunt and insensitive. Together Paterson and Clocks make a great team. It’s definitely true to say that this is a difficult read. I don’t mean that it is badly written or anything like that as it’s fantastically written. The difficult bit has to do with the subject matter that I know will not be suitable for everybody. The book discusses child murder, child abuse, ritualistic sacrifices and paganism to name but a few of the difficult subjects that are discussed. Certain parts of the story are based on real life events when a little boy’s torso was found in the River Thames. I think that we owe it to those that have suffered and have become victims to raise awareness of such crimes and ensure that this sort of thing isn’t allowed to happen again. ‘The Lost Children’ starts with a bang (literally) and in a way that is going to remain fresh in my memory for a long time to come. A man is shot in his head, which takes half of his skull off. The book hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout. Reading ‘The Lost Children’ was much like watching one of those Hollywood blockbuster films where one nasty thing happens after the other and you are waiting for the good guys to ride to the rescue. I was hooked on this book from the moment I got my hands on a copy, never mind from when I began to read. Reading this book soon became a serious addiction. Once I picked the book up, I found it very hard to put the book down again. It wasn’t as if the book was glued to my hand but it might as well have been because the book came everywhere with me. I begrudged having to put the book to one side and if I did have to put the book to one side then I was counting down the time until I could pick it up again. I binge read this book in a couple of sessions and I am so glad that I did because it gave me an inkling of the sense of urgency that is attached to cases such as the ones in this book. The writing was so convincing and authentic that I did feel as though I was a member of the team investigating the case. I found that I was interacting with the book and trying to butt in with my own thoughts and feelings. I had to remind myself that this book was fiction and not real life. ‘The Lost Children’ is one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a read, which will put you through the emotional wringer. There were twists and turns aplenty and moments that quietly snuck up on you and hit you in the face like a frying pan to the face. On more one occasion I couldn’t believe what I had just read and I had to re-read certain parts of the book to make sure that I wasn’t imagining things. Several times throughout the book, events left me shocked, stunned and outraged. ‘The Lost Children’ is a book that will play with your emotions, it will make your blood pressure rise and it will certainly get your adrenaline going. To conclude it’s fair to say that I 100 % loved reading ‘The Lost Children’. Not an easy read granted but a necessary read to raise awareness of such despicable crimes and events. I can’t wait to read what Steve Parker comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait- HINT, HINT. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    n his first day back to work after being on leave for a case that went horribly wrong all the way around, Detective Superintendent Ray Patterson is greeted with the case of an elderly African man found dead in the street, shot through the head, and next to him is the dismembered torso of a child. Within days of the murders, Patterson and his team know whodunit, but seethe when they are forced to release the killers due to diplomatic immunity. The case involves witchcraft, child sacrifice, greed, n his first day back to work after being on leave for a case that went horribly wrong all the way around, Detective Superintendent Ray Patterson is greeted with the case of an elderly African man found dead in the street, shot through the head, and next to him is the dismembered torso of a child. Within days of the murders, Patterson and his team know whodunit, but seethe when they are forced to release the killers due to diplomatic immunity. The case involves witchcraft, child sacrifice, greed, and corruption, and has tentacles that reach in to the highest levels of government. Maybe even the Met. Book two in this dark, disturbing, gritty, realistic British police procedural finds Patterson (“the most Googled and envied policeman in the Met”) working with the newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks (an old-style bull-in-a-china shop officer who appears to be picking up some social and political skills). They are forced to go outside the law and work with an unstable ex-military sharpshooter to get justice – maybe it’s not by-the-book justice, but someone has to stand up for those poor children. This story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Sometimes it was hard to read, but I had to keep going to find out the outcome. I thought about it when I wasn’t reading and anxiously awaited getting home from work so I could keep going. I was fascinated watching Patterson try to mesh his personal desire for justice and his need to follow the law. He’s flawed, but he has a strong desire to do what’s right and keep the world in balance. I enjoyed the relationship between him and Clocks. The author is a former police officer, so the details ring true to me. This story is action-packed, with great scene setting, sharp dialogue, and an ending that surprised me and was very satisfying. I will definitely read more in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    This is book 2 in a new series by a new author. It can be read as a stand alone but the reader would be missing out on so much if he/she didn't read the first book Their Last Words. That one blew my mind and this one goes so much further. Detective Superintendent Ray Patterson is now teamed with Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks - chalk and cheese but they work so well together. The story begins with the death of a man in the street, shot through the head by an obvious marksman but nearby, the di This is book 2 in a new series by a new author. It can be read as a stand alone but the reader would be missing out on so much if he/she didn't read the first book Their Last Words. That one blew my mind and this one goes so much further. Detective Superintendent Ray Patterson is now teamed with Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks - chalk and cheese but they work so well together. The story begins with the death of a man in the street, shot through the head by an obvious marksman but nearby, the dismembered body of a child is found. It doesn't take the two detectives long to discover the identities of the people responsible for the child's death but politics takes over and they are stalled when they try to bring them to justice. In the meantime, the sniper carries on with his list of victims. I don't want to say any more about the storyline because I feel the reader needs to come to it with an open mind. Well written, as was his first novel, Steve Parker takes the reader to new heights of depravity and one is left wondering just how evil mankind can be, but don't let that put you off - this novel is a blockbuster which no-one will want to put down. I found myself reading it with my kindle plugged in to the socket because I didn't want to wait until it had recharged. I'm left wondering when it will be made into a TV series because it would be spectacular! This author is a genius!

  15. 5 out of 5

    M. Russell

    This is the second book featuring millionaire policeman Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, and his very irreverent side kick, Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks and begins on the day DS Paterson returns to work. On his first day back he starts with a murder investigation, which speedily turns into two when a casual glance in a skip reveals a truly horrific second body. No spoilers so I won’t reveal what is actually found, but if you’ve just eaten don’t read it for a couple of hours! This is a v This is the second book featuring millionaire policeman Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, and his very irreverent side kick, Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks and begins on the day DS Paterson returns to work. On his first day back he starts with a murder investigation, which speedily turns into two when a casual glance in a skip reveals a truly horrific second body. No spoilers so I won’t reveal what is actually found, but if you’ve just eaten don’t read it for a couple of hours! This is a very brave second novel. It deals in depth with a number of taboo subjects, black magic, voodoo and ritual sacrifice to name but a few. It is a compelling read, despite being horrifying and made more so by the fact that these practices are not taking place in medieval times, and are not confined to Third World countries. Not comfortably’over there’ but very much over here. What saves this book from being a total horror story is the humour. Johnny Clocks’ idea of humour, which grows on you just as it has grown on DS Paterson. Again no spoilers but look out for pasta! This book is a very different kind of crime novel and I think will ruffle more than just a few feathers. It reveals worlds we have no knowledge of, hidden secrets within our own government, double dealings, and our heroes own way of dealing with it. Unputdownable!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simon Leonard

    This is the second book in what looks like a very exciting and gruesome series. Even though it is book 2 in the series it can be read on it's own, although book one was brilliant so I would recommend reading that one as well. If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn't afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the si This is the second book in what looks like a very exciting and gruesome series. Even though it is book 2 in the series it can be read on it's own, although book one was brilliant so I would recommend reading that one as well. If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn't afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the situations they are used, plus swearing in books has never bothered me. The book starts off with a bang, or my correctly a sniper shot and uzi fire, and never slows down from there. This book covers some very dark situations and covers some dark areas, which most people wouldn't dare tread. I really loved the chemistry between the two main detectives, and the way everyone treated Ray after what happened in book 1 is brilliant and, I personally think, quite apt considering everything that happened. The book kept me hooked throughout with all the investigations, interference from above and the way Paterson and Clocks interacted with each other also kept me entertained throughout all the gruesome storyline. This is a brilliant book and I can't wait for book 3 to come out later this year (hopefully)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is a detective pairing which shouldn't work, they know it shouldn't work but it does. They are chalk and cheese, the rich, privileged man who wants to be useful and the working class man with an attitude. Somehow they balance each other out and create an effective team. Neither is afraid to cut corners or take an unconventional route to find the answers or solutions they need. Be aware that the subject behind this story may seem far fetched but it is hard, brutal, sadly all too real and has This is a detective pairing which shouldn't work, they know it shouldn't work but it does. They are chalk and cheese, the rich, privileged man who wants to be useful and the working class man with an attitude. Somehow they balance each other out and create an effective team. Neither is afraid to cut corners or take an unconventional route to find the answers or solutions they need. Be aware that the subject behind this story may seem far fetched but it is hard, brutal, sadly all too real and has been heard of too often. It may just cause the reader's eye to leak a little, it certainly caused a tear in the eye of hardened detectives and a seasoned pathologist. The author has retained that element of something a little different in this story, with the fast track detective and his access to the highest levels of policing. Paterson may have blotted his copy book, he may also still be learning the ropes, but he is proving to be a fast learner and is capable of seeing between the lines - or lies. He also believes firmly in justice, even where it doesn't seem possible. It seems justice comes in many different guises. This was a brilliant read which I got through in a few short hours and I am hoping there is another one in the near future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back at work after his suspension and his no.2 is DI Johnny Clocks. The men didn't really click in the previous book, but in this second of the series they form a firm working relationship, with some very funny dialogue. I hope and assume they will become firm friends as well in subsequent books. The crimes are horrendous, not for the faint of heart. Normally I would avoid reading books like that, but Steve Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back at work after his suspension and his no.2 is DI Johnny Clocks. The men didn't really click in the previous book, but in this second of the series they form a firm working relationship, with some very funny dialogue. I hope and assume they will become firm friends as well in subsequent books. The crimes are horrendous, not for the faint of heart. Normally I would avoid reading books like that, but Steve Parker managed to balance the evil with the absolute dedication of the two men to get the perpetrators. The funny back and forth between them also helped keep me glued to the pages. The other character I liked was the White Ghost; interesting and somehow righteous. A very enjoyable read with lots of harrowing scenes, plenty of action, especially towards the end. The last chapter was sweet; all in all a great read I highly recommend. Can't wait for the next book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holy moly. Where to even start with this execrable pile of shit. I read six chapters and that was a slog. At the point where the “heroes” threatened a bank manager with a false child molesting accusation to make him break privacy laws, I was done. It’s obvious the author is trying to do some kind of Luther-esque charming copper who’s kind of a villain thing, but his protagonists are no Idris Elbas. Charmless, foul-mouthed, racist thugs are not my idea of a good time. Especially when they’re the Holy moly. Where to even start with this execrable pile of shit. I read six chapters and that was a slog. At the point where the “heroes” threatened a bank manager with a false child molesting accusation to make him break privacy laws, I was done. It’s obvious the author is trying to do some kind of Luther-esque charming copper who’s kind of a villain thing, but his protagonists are no Idris Elbas. Charmless, foul-mouthed, racist thugs are not my idea of a good time. Especially when they’re the ones we are supposed to be rooting for.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Simon Leonard

    This is the second book in what looks like a very exciting and gruesome series. Even though it is book 2 in the series it can be read on it's own, although book one was brilliant so I would recommend reading that one as well. If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn't afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the si This is the second book in what looks like a very exciting and gruesome series. Even though it is book 2 in the series it can be read on it's own, although book one was brilliant so I would recommend reading that one as well. If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn't afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the situations they are used, plus swearing in books has never bothered me. The book starts off with a bang, or my correctly a sniper shot and uzi fire, and never slows down from there. This book covers some very dark situations and covers some dark areas, which most people wouldn't dare tread. I really loved the chemistry between the two main detectives, and the way everyone treated Ray after what happened in book 1 is brilliant and, I personally think, quite apt considering everything that happened. The book kept me hooked throughout with all the investigations, interference from above and the way Paterson and Clocks interacted with each other also kept me entertained throughout all the gruesome storyline. This is a brilliant book and I can't wait for book 3 to come out later this year (hopefully)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Wow, what can I say about this book? This is probably one of the most powerful stories of crime that I have ever read. The frightening thing is that it’s based on a true story. Steve Parker is an ex-policeman in the Metropolitan Police, so his knowledge of police procedures is second to none and it certainly shows in his writing. This story is extremely well written and exciting from the very start, although it is very dark and sinister and chills you to the bone. All the way through there are s Wow, what can I say about this book? This is probably one of the most powerful stories of crime that I have ever read. The frightening thing is that it’s based on a true story. Steve Parker is an ex-policeman in the Metropolitan Police, so his knowledge of police procedures is second to none and it certainly shows in his writing. This story is extremely well written and exciting from the very start, although it is very dark and sinister and chills you to the bone. All the way through there are so many twists and turns that it is impossible to guess exactly what will happen next. The ending itself is a huge surprise. This is certainly one of those books that is almost impossible to put down and leaves the reader wanting more of Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks. My thanks go to Joffe Books for giving me the chance to review this and I look forward to the next one in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Burton

    Disturbing! This the first time I've read anything by this author not realising it is also the second book of a series, as it happened it didn't matter in the slightest as a standalone it'll be perfect so if you're not into book series, read it anyway its one speedy helter skelter ride you cannot get off!I Voodoo, witchcraft, theft of vast amounts of money no one could envisage, corruption in the highest levels. Murders and cruelty towards the innocent including children, not for the squeamish I'l Disturbing! This the first time I've read anything by this author not realising it is also the second book of a series, as it happened it didn't matter in the slightest as a standalone it'll be perfect so if you're not into book series, read it anyway its one speedy helter skelter ride you cannot get off!I Voodoo, witchcraft, theft of vast amounts of money no one could envisage, corruption in the highest levels. Murders and cruelty towards the innocent including children, not for the squeamish I'll grant you, but it really is a gripping and plausible story! If you like fast action reads with absolutely fabulous characters don't miss out on this book it plays your emotions like a fiddle on a fast tempo. Didn't want it to end but I wanted an outcome befitting the seriousness of the crimes a truly mind blowing fast paced read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Gracie

    Fast paced The only mistake i made was not finding out if there was a previous book. Don't know about the first one but this one was fab great characters although a disgusting murder, the humour is fantastic. Sometimes you didn't know whether to laugh or cry definitely one of my unputdownable s as this was a word I made up only a few authors get it read the first one before this now I have to read that one now. A BIG THANK YOU to all authors who sign up with kindle unlimited i have read thousands Fast paced The only mistake i made was not finding out if there was a previous book. Don't know about the first one but this one was fab great characters although a disgusting murder, the humour is fantastic. Sometimes you didn't know whether to laugh or cry definitely one of my unputdownable s as this was a word I made up only a few authors get it read the first one before this now I have to read that one now. A BIG THANK YOU to all authors who sign up with kindle unlimited i have read thousands of brilliant books just for £7.99 a month plus you don't have to keep deleting so you have plenty space for games and crosswords freebie of course keep the books coming please magdg

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This book is a little bit hard to describe because there are so many names of players in it . It will just get you confused - it did me. Anyhow a man and woman from Africa were running a church. Paterson and Clock two investigators dealt with the case. It stared out with missing then dead children.It was suspicion about this one little boys death. Somehow found in the church. You must be thicked skinned to not let the manner of the childrens deaths in this book get to you. But the story continue This book is a little bit hard to describe because there are so many names of players in it . It will just get you confused - it did me. Anyhow a man and woman from Africa were running a church. Paterson and Clock two investigators dealt with the case. It stared out with missing then dead children.It was suspicion about this one little boys death. Somehow found in the church. You must be thicked skinned to not let the manner of the childrens deaths in this book get to you. But the story continues on to more crimes being committed later on in the book. Money theft and laundering . So many people involved in this horrible mess. Many people will die by the man called the White Ghosts bullets. What ever happened to all that money.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nerys Roberts

    Det Super Ray Paterson and DI John Clocks have been called to the scene of a shooting. A man has been shot by a sniper and police officers on the scene have also found the mutilated body of a young child. The ensuing investigation leads Paterson and Clocks into the murky world of African witchcraft, a conspiracy between people in Africa and Britain and a mysterious sniper known as “The White Ghost’. This is the second book in the Ray Paterson series and, like the first one, I thoroughly enjoyed Det Super Ray Paterson and DI John Clocks have been called to the scene of a shooting. A man has been shot by a sniper and police officers on the scene have also found the mutilated body of a young child. The ensuing investigation leads Paterson and Clocks into the murky world of African witchcraft, a conspiracy between people in Africa and Britain and a mysterious sniper known as “The White Ghost’. This is the second book in the Ray Paterson series and, like the first one, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Hope book 3 will be out soon. Thanks to Joffe Books and Steve Parker for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michele Zito

    This second book by Steve Parker was just as good as the first one. The story line was excellent as was the style of writing. From past reviews by readers , some are offended by the language and the frequency of the word F..ck but if you read a lot of other novels you will find that this is quite common. I am quite sure that in real life situations police procedures are somewhat difficult and that often all persons connected to the investigations of murders, rapes etc.. are so frustrated that ba This second book by Steve Parker was just as good as the first one. The story line was excellent as was the style of writing. From past reviews by readers , some are offended by the language and the frequency of the word F..ck but if you read a lot of other novels you will find that this is quite common. I am quite sure that in real life situations police procedures are somewhat difficult and that often all persons connected to the investigations of murders, rapes etc.. are so frustrated that bad language is a relief of some sort. So if you feel offended by the style of writing of Mr. Parker then read mushy stuff say by Danielle Steele or others . Michele Zito

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    After being cleared of killing a suspect Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back on the job. His first investigation involves the shooting of a man by a sniper. But this is only the begining. Horrendous events will be uncovered. Because of the subject not a particularly enjoyable read but an interesting one. It certainly kept my interest right to the end. I did enjoy the interactions between the main characters though and look forward to the next in the series. Received an ARC from Joffe Boo After being cleared of killing a suspect Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back on the job. His first investigation involves the shooting of a man by a sniper. But this is only the begining. Horrendous events will be uncovered. Because of the subject not a particularly enjoyable read but an interesting one. It certainly kept my interest right to the end. I did enjoy the interactions between the main characters though and look forward to the next in the series. Received an ARC from Joffe Books

  28. 5 out of 5

    R.L.

    I liked this second Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson book much better than the first. I liked it because Paterson seems to have gotten a bit better, though I was disappointed about the cocaine(really?). I liked it because Clocks has turned out to be much more endearing. I liked it because it was about justifiable homicide, which is an unusual concept to be set in the UK, me-thinks. All around the story fits together well. Though my one negative thought about it was the ending with the safe I liked this second Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson book much better than the first. I liked it because Paterson seems to have gotten a bit better, though I was disappointed about the cocaine(really?). I liked it because Clocks has turned out to be much more endearing. I liked it because it was about justifiable homicide, which is an unusual concept to be set in the UK, me-thinks. All around the story fits together well. Though my one negative thought about it was the ending with the safe camp paid for by Ray was too over-the-top.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars Definitely one of those where I should have read the first book in series... as every time it was referenced,I just thought "what the hell?". A lot happened. This book was equally busy... and graphic. It was uncomfortable reading. I didn't quite get to grips with either main character or all the other people playing politics here. I winced a few times at the descriptions of crimes committed. They were brutal. All in all,not really for me. 2.5 stars Definitely one of those where I should have read the first book in series... as every time it was referenced,I just thought "what the hell?". A lot happened. This book was equally busy... and graphic. It was uncomfortable reading. I didn't quite get to grips with either main character or all the other people playing politics here. I winced a few times at the descriptions of crimes committed. They were brutal. All in all,not really for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aileen (Ailz) Grist

    I couldn't think how Steve Parker was going to top his last book about Ray Paterson and John Clocks, but he's managed it. A heartbreaking story of witch doctors and the killing of albino children. To us in the West it sounds too horrifying to be true, but it really does go on. Why does it seem, mainly, to take a corrupt, money loving person to thrive in politics. A good read, which shows up the limitations in being a country of law and order. I couldn't think how Steve Parker was going to top his last book about Ray Paterson and John Clocks, but he's managed it. A heartbreaking story of witch doctors and the killing of albino children. To us in the West it sounds too horrifying to be true, but it really does go on. Why does it seem, mainly, to take a corrupt, money loving person to thrive in politics. A good read, which shows up the limitations in being a country of law and order.

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