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When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. 

But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

©2018 Peter Grainger (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 12-30-18

Investigation

Excellent book & well read. I do hope it's not the last in the series!

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I shall miss the sarcastic wit of DC Smith

I have loved this series of books by Peter Grainger. I shall miss the sarcastic wit of the main character, DC Smith.
Gildart Jackson is an exceptionally good reader, he really brought the characters to life.

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Last of a brilliant series.

After reading the first in the DC Smith series, I read the rest one after another, so enjoyable were they. The characters are so beautifully written, DC's team is a well rounded bunch, and the whole series is one I shall miss, though shall be listening to again. Love the narrator, too, he is so perfectly suited as the voice of DC (and the others in his team).
I like the fact that these are not full of blood and body parts as so many other detective mysteries are these days, it's like a ghastly competition for the goriest.
Smith knows he is an anachronism in today's police force, but doesn't care, he knows his thoughtful methods work, and he is adept at catching the wrongdoers.
Thank you, Peter Grainger, for these delightfully written books, it's been a pleasure to have known DC.

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Disappointing

Usual great story but felt it meandered along from about three-quarters to a predictable ending which is unusual for this author. On the whole though brilliant series

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Investigation

Excellent book & well read. I do hope it's not the last in the series!

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  • mrs
  • 12-18-18

I shall miss the sarcastic wit of DC Smith

I have loved this series of books by Peter Grainger. I shall miss the sarcastic wit of the main character, DC Smith.
Gildart Jackson is an exceptionally good reader, he really brought the characters to life.

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  • Maureen
  • 12-16-18

Last of a brilliant series.

After reading the first in the DC Smith series, I read the rest one after another, so enjoyable were they. The characters are so beautifully written, DC's team is a well rounded bunch, and the whole series is one I shall miss, though shall be listening to again. Love the narrator, too, he is so perfectly suited as the voice of DC (and the others in his team).
I like the fact that these are not full of blood and body parts as so many other detective mysteries are these days, it's like a ghastly competition for the goriest.
Smith knows he is an anachronism in today's police force, but doesn't care, he knows his thoughtful methods work, and he is adept at catching the wrongdoers.
Thank you, Peter Grainger, for these delightfully written books, it's been a pleasure to have known DC.

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  • Renee G.
  • 12-04-18

Disappointing

Usual great story but felt it meandered along from about three-quarters to a predictable ending which is unusual for this author. On the whole though brilliant series

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-30-18

Investigation

Excellent book & well read. I do hope it's not the last in the series!

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  • Performance
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  • Story
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  • mrs
  • 12-18-18

I shall miss the sarcastic wit of DC Smith

I have loved this series of books by Peter Grainger. I shall miss the sarcastic wit of the main character, DC Smith.
Gildart Jackson is an exceptionally good reader, he really brought the characters to life.

  • Overall
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  • Performance
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  • Story
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  • Maureen
  • 12-16-18

Last of a brilliant series.

After reading the first in the DC Smith series, I read the rest one after another, so enjoyable were they. The characters are so beautifully written, DC's team is a well rounded bunch, and the whole series is one I shall miss, though shall be listening to again. Love the narrator, too, he is so perfectly suited as the voice of DC (and the others in his team).
I like the fact that these are not full of blood and body parts as so many other detective mysteries are these days, it's like a ghastly competition for the goriest.
Smith knows he is an anachronism in today's police force, but doesn't care, he knows his thoughtful methods work, and he is adept at catching the wrongdoers.
Thank you, Peter Grainger, for these delightfully written books, it's been a pleasure to have known DC.

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  • Performance
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  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Renee G.
  • 12-04-18

Disappointing

Usual great story but felt it meandered along from about three-quarters to a predictable ending which is unusual for this author. On the whole though brilliant series

0 of 1 people found this review helpful