The author had an ambition to write a book from a
very early age but could never find the time. Due to suffering with vertigo the one good thing to come out of it was it gave him the time.
The first four books were written during this time, having recovered health the
author wrote Beyond all Evil.
The author is now in the process of writing his sixth Inspector Kent book.
As you can imagine from the title, there is a sadistic killer on the loose, in this case around Market Harborough in Leicestershire. There is some graphic detail of what he does although this not laboured or gratuitous but be warned
if you don’t like this kind of language.
The book worked for me because it is set in real locations around Leicestershire, which the author obviously knows well. A sleepy village where everyone knows each other makes the horror of
what happens even more heartfelt.
This is my first encounter with Chief Inspector Kent and I found him likeable if somewhat unmemorable – after all there is nothing that marks him out like Poirot and his little grey cells or Morse’s
love of crosswords and opera. However, this could be because I haven’t read the other books in the series.
Gary C. Atkins’ style is easy to read and his pacy thriller type novel will have you rapidly reading to the end. I really
enjoyed the story and watching how it all unfolded although there were only one or two red herrings, which were fairly obvious to anyone who reads a lot of crime. The denouement resolved itself all too quickly but I definitely want to read more from this author.