When a man is found dead, mutilated in his house, DS Wendy Knight and DCI Jack Culverhouse soon realize that Jeff Brelsford was killed for one reason: he was a pedophile.
As Wendy does her job and tries to find the killer, Culverhouse is less keen. As far as he's concerned, this is justice.
With Culverhouse's attitude and stubbornness leaving him on the sidelines, Wendy delves deeper into the dark and murky world of Jeff Brelsford, and what she discovers is enough to shock her to her core.
Could it be that the killer was someone very close to home, a police officer?
Rough Justice is a gripping, fast-paced serial killer thriller which will captivate fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham.
©2015 Adam Croft (P)2016 Adam Croft
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Rough Justice is the 4th novel in Adam Croft's DS Wendy Knight and DCI Jack Culverhouse series. I have not listened to the earlier books in the series. The novel is about the police search for a man who is killing pedophiles. It is also very much about the failing police career of Jack Culverhouse and his partner's attempts to save it. This novel is a worthwhile 4.5 hour listen. The author narrates.
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WOW from the first page this author grabs your attention to the last with his gripping tale of mutilation that will make all men and most women cringe I know I sure did. The author left me with my mouth hung open as the killer starts is act and all he does to kill his victims. One serial killer down the author takes us off to the next one who has it in for pedophiles as he takes them down one at a time. This is the second book I have listened to by this author and it is just as good as the first one. The author took me in from the first page making me hold my breath with the chilling tales of a serial killer who knows just how to make these criminals pay for their crimes in a way that most of us would love to.
The author is also the narrator which had me a little nervous because most authors cannot narrate very well. However I thought that Mr. Croft did a pretty good job not as good as his past narrator but a pretty good job. I thought his voice was very pleasant with a delightful accent that pulls you in. I do think his female voices do need a little work to sound more female. I thought he did put emotion into the listen I always knew who was talking and what they were feeling. The tones for each character are pretty good that you have no trouble feeling the emotions the characters are feeling. There are no places where there are a repeat of words or any place where the volume is higher or lower than anywhere else in the audio. There are no background noises just a clear audio that is very enjoyable. If any breaks were taken I could not tell it was a very crisp clean audio that did hold my attention and at times making my heart speed up and leaving me holding my breath. I am looking forward to listening to more of his narration and feel he will become a wonderful delightful narrator as he goes along narrating more.
Poor Jack has so much on his plate from his wife coming back, not being able to see his daughter, his wife leaving again and is friend dying that it is hard for him to puy his heart into his work. He feeling the new serial killer is doing a wonderful job not saying he won’t do his job but when his mouth overruns his mind he gets into a lot of trouble. With a new boss coming on the scene he over steps his self lands him on leave. Wendy has her hands full trying to work out who the killer is and keeping poor Jack in line.
This was a very entertaining listen that really grabs you and keeps its as you try to work out who the killer is as well as trying to get over the shock of how he kills. It is very well written in a style that isn’t overwhelming even through the things the killer does is shocking. There is no romance or anything new on Jacks wife. What you get is how hard Jack is finding life when his whole world starts falling apart. He takes the death of his friend very hard and has trouble dealing with it. Not working is very hard for him as he starts drinking more and caring less. Wendy does her best to pull him back in but leaving her asking some tough question not only about Jack but other officers. This is a very suspenseful story as always it has its chills. Wendy and Jack work well together but this might be the last time they do if Jack can’t get his act together. The author gives you a surprising ending that really is wonderful. This is the second book I have listened to from this author and find his writing style a delight that really gets to your heart with characters that really pulls you in making them a part of their life. I just love these characters and what they bring to the story. The buildup of the plot is great with a few heart stopping moments that shock you. I can’t wait for the next one. This has turned out to be a wonderful series.
I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..
As far as thrillers go, this is gripping stuff. It's not just a who-done-it story, but the nature of the crime itself is not revealed until the end. At first you thought it's about a murder, then the clues point to another unsolved murder, but the truth turns out to be much more complicated.
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I totally enjoyed this audio book. It has an Interesting story line, little humour thrown in for good measure. Great ending,
if you like a good mystery that has all the twists and turns, but does not take forever, you will enjoy this book. It is a different twist on good detective work versus the beauracrcy.
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I enjoyed this vigilante themed book. I had a little trouble keeping the characters straight, but the story was well written and well told.
This book was proved to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not sure about this book. I don’t know if I liked it or not. Jack Culverhouse was given some time off by Charles Hawes because Jack was acting a little crazy over Luke’s death, and his wife, and God knows what else, and he’s drinking and not showering or shaving, and Knight starts to look into his goings-on because Culverhouse doesn’t care that someone is killing paedophiles (British spelling.) I’m not crazy about this lack of trust at all. After 3 books based on the faith and trust she has in Jack then suddenly she was seeing him as a killer? Yeah, this won’t be one of my favorite Knight and Culverhouse books.
This turned out to be just okay for me but Culverhouse was back at the end and helped capture the killer, which I was glad of. With Pope sitting in his office that idiot would have surely taken the credit for “his” team ending the case. But Culverhouse would have none of that. Malcolm Pope was perfectly written to be an absolute jerk.
No sex, no nothing, but the F-bomb was used 45 times.
As to the narrator: Holy crap! Why was Nigel Patterson replaced with the author Adam Croft? When you listen to three books and get used to Culverhouse being loud and gruff and suddenly his tone is soft and without all the emotion it used to have it ruins the book. WTH? So disappointed.
"Great story, engagingly read"
This short novel is fast-paced with enough hooks and pithy cynicism to keep you engaged. It's entertainingly read by the author and will appeal to fans of modern crime thrillers, without alienating traditionalists who value engaging plots.
"An excellent afternoon's listening."
I have struggled with detective novels in a modern setting, being a Sherlock Holmes fan, but this is a great story, which works well with the modern setting; with enough background that the lack of traditional whodunit deduction isn't a problem. Read excellently by the author.
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