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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
I found this book very entertaining. All characters depicted in the story were well thought out by the author. Some violence seemed unnecessary but all in all the basis of the book was the best. The two main characters, Patterson and Clocks are an interesting team with the rhetoric so good between them and with others. I like a book with humour. Well done.
I like that I have gotten to know the characters. I feel you started using less foul language. I didn't feel there was any big shocker.... Pretty much figured it all out. But I was kept enough interested to keep reading.
Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and DI Johnny Clocks respond to the scene of a crime. A man has been tied to a stake and burned alive. It is later ascertained that he is Davey Caine the son of a crime kingpin in London.
Ray is well educated and soft spoken while Johnny is a loudmouth who says exactly what is on his mind. When they go to tell Billy Caine senior that his son is dead, he already knows. Johnny gets mouthy and an altercation ensues. After Johnny is dismissed, it gives Ray the opportunity to question Caine, but he doesn’t get much information. Caine figures it is the Albanians who killed his son, not his other rival Tanner.
I was doing fine with this book until I read that Ray was a cocaine addict. The book is well written, but I didn’t get far enough into it to determine anything about the plotting. The cocaine addiction was such a big turn off for me that I couldn’t get past it and the scene with the television…Really? I did not finish the book.
I want to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this book for me to read and review.
4.0 out of 5 starsEdge-Of-Your-Seat Crime Thriller
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley / Books n All Promotions / Jill Burkinshaw for the advanced digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Detectives Ray Paterson and John Clocks find themselves sitting right in the middle of two notorious drug lords fighting to be top dog.
They are called in to investigate the finding of a man's body. The man, identified as the son of one of the city's most notorious crime lord has been burned alive.
The war between two criminal empires results in escalating violence on the streets of London. Many more bodies will fall .. one way or another ... unless the detectives can find the killer or killers soon. Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including other police detectives.
Paterson is a young man who has plenty of money behind him. He's on track to be the youngest ever commissioner of police, but he doesn't have near enough experience. He is not well liked among his peers but he has the will to learn and the desire to be an excellent policeman.
Clocks is a different kind of man. He was raised in poverty, spent some time as a very young criminal. He loves to taunt people, jut daring them to react. Of course, he will never rise in the ranks of the police department and he doesn't seem to care. He has sort of befriended Paterson and it's quite entertaining to watch the relationship between the men.
This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. This easily reads as a stand alone, but there are just a few spoilers from the first two books. As always, I recommend starting at the very beginning.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
This is the third book in the Ray Paterson series, and they keep getting better and more horrific as the stories go on. This book revolves around a man being found burnt alive attached to a stake in the middle of London. This man turns out to be the son of one of the criminal lords who runs the city as a message from another criminal gang. As the book progresses there are more people from both gangs being murdered as the two gangs try and fight each other to gain control of the city's underworld, all whilst Paterson and Cooke try to find out what is happening and how to stop it. Overall I loved this book, although it may be a bit gruesome for some people. The story had me hooked throughout as I tried to work out how the two of them would stop the murders. I also really like the chemistry between Paterson and Cooke, and they way they work together and bring the best out of each other is brilliant.
Paterson and Clocks are heavily involved in the brutal gang war of two of the biggest gangs in London. The son of one is found burned at the stake in a park and the retaliation war is on. The violence that follows is unrelenting with a deadly shooting and another fiery death. Clocks and Paterson are intense in trying to stop the carnage. In the wings is the Albanian Mafia, just waiting to take over the London underworld. The Albanians are even more inventive when it comes to violence in trying to secure their place as the top London gang. I mildly enjoyed this book but found it a bit over the top, especially Clocks ' behavior...surely he would be kicked out of the force? I don't think I would read the next in the series.
The Third outing for Parker' s series about two London police investigating the murder of Davey Caine, whose father Billy is well known to Ray Paterson, the wealthy detective, and Johnny Clocks, his working class partner - a typical trope of class-conscious British procedurals. Canine is a crime boss who runs half of London; it soon becomes clear that his rival Tanner, who controls the other half, was behind the hit, a particular gruesome murder described other in the book's title. The double crosser in the deal is the kind of woman everyone - except the somewhat obtuse cops - can see coming. Not a bad entry in the series, but not an exceptionally good one, either.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood Believable Story As Traditional East End And South London Villains Battle For Control
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2019
This is good. It moves along well. With believable action.
The son of a south London villain is brutally murdered in a park. This is the background for the third outing for Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson? Along with his trusted sidekick Detective Inspector John Clocks. Or “Timex” as he is better known.
What will this mixture of exceeding wealth and rough diamond get themselves involved in now? If the first two novels are guidelines. Then graphic scenes and strong language await?
They most definitely do. Then again, what would you expect, when you are trying to keep the peace, when a gangland war between a traditional east end gangster and his counterpart from south of the river go head to head.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2019
There are three books so far in this series. I have just finished The Burning Men. It is a brilliant story and the characters, well some of them really likeable. A must read. I really hope there is a follow up, cannot wait.
Great story line and characters have read all this guys book I would suggest you start from book one to get a better understanding of the characters,first book is ok but necessary second book really good and this third book fABULOUS can't wait for next instalment
I read this book over just a few days relaying the chapters (minus the language) to my teenage kids who were gripped. I love Clocks and Paterson individually but as a team they’re brilliant. Steve Parker is a fantastic writer who draws you in straight away and leaves you wanting more. So that’s my complaint...that there just aren’t many more to read yet!! I’m off to read You Can’t Hide and cannot wait to read future books! One bit of advice though...start with book 1 and read them in order.
5.0 out of 5 starsShows how hard life is for a police man.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2019
I have now read all three of the series, hard hitting and shows that police are just like everyone else, people seem to think they have no feelings, just go to work, murder strikes, 7 million people surround the murder scene, could you find the murderer? A must read series, start with, Their Last Words, get to know the people 3 star characters.