|The Two O'Clock Boy (DI Ray Drake) - Mark Hill|
I'll admit that quite often I am told about a book before I read it and often these descriptions contain words like "amazing", "powerful", "brilliant debut". Rarely does a book's description contain the words "This is crime as it should be." - and even more rarely does a claim like that turn out to be so apt.
A new crime-detecting duo comes about, as newly promoted DS Flick Crowley is given a new case, under the expertise of DI Drake. Crowley is eager to learn, whilst Drake, in contrast has a feeling that the murder scene they've just attended is a message; a mere taste of things to come.
As with so many detectives in recent crime books, Drake has his demons and they come back to haunt him in this book.
Skipping back to days spent in the Longacre childrens' home under the control of the formidable Gordon Tallis, we gradually learn what has become of the children who grew up there. As we know from the front cover, one became a detective, one became a killer...
With it's graphic descriptions of the murders, layers of subterfuge, darkness and deception, as debut novels go, I think this is an amazing one and I absolutely can't wait for more of the series if the twists are anything like the ones contained in the Two O'Clock Boy. A five star review from me if ever there was one.