If Fear Wins

DI Bliss, Book 3
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
Series: DI Bliss, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.   

The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which and fears the outcome if he is proven right.  

Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.  

Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’ past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. 

But are they on the right track?  

Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet....

©2018 Tony J Forder (P)2018 W F Howes Ltd

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superb !

different in all good ways. nothing run of the mill here. the characters are very well developed and they all make mistakes. no one character has all the answers. plot is clever without being dull. well done, indeed

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Masterfully done.

A wonderfully complex story line. The self awareness and character development was an unusual and pleasurable view added to the intricate plot. The effect was refreshing and helped keep interest high. I am looking forward to more books in this series.

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Great, plot and twists and character development.

Cared about the outcome of the case and the crew from the nick. Like eating a 5 course meal at a local pub.

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"If Fear Wins" was great as well!

Aside from the story line, and excellent narration, I am really appreciating the quality of the English language in Tony Forder's crime police procedural books. Mr. Ashland's narration is a pleasure to listen to. On to the next book in the series.

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Bliss needs to grow up

This detective drives me crazy. Bosch he is not. He’s prone to temper tantrums and melodramatic romantic musings.

I did like the story, there is promise here. Basically what is needed is major character development . As in...Penney Chandler has no personality, Bliss is one dimensional...

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Ambitious Emotional Thriller

Very bad guys do horrible deeds in pursuit of money and power. Bliss and his team unravel their interconnected evil doings and their plans at great cost.Sometimes they skirt their own bureaucracy to make progress. Further complications ensue when British intelligence agents insert themselves into the search for evidence and motive. People dear to Bliss are jeopardized. Will Bliss and his team develop enough evidence to bring justice and to hold the crooks accountable without destroying their own personal ties and lives in the process? if you pick up this book, beware. Putting it down before it is finished will be well nigh impossible.

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struggled

this is the first book of many I have listened to from Tony J. Forder. I usually really enjoy his stories but the only thing I liked in this one is the Narrator Greg Wagland. The story just did not move forward. it kept drifting off into la la land and wasn't moving forward. I couldn't finish it. my mind kept drifting with it. I'm sorry to give such a negative review because I do like all his other books. I guess everybody has a dud. this I'm my opinion is his.

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Masterpiece

I’m so glad I stumbled upon Tony’s wonderful art. This book is indeed art. I read all things detective and this book convinced me Tony is strongly in the top 5. Thank you for the enjoyment. Ps ... I’m reading backwards from last out to first out. On to the next

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 08-01-20

Excellent

I just love the DI Bliss Series and have totally engaged with the characters. Absolutely brilliant, great story lines, excellent characters - can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Saffron R
  • 06-08-20

Outstanding

Complex storylines and similarly complex, well fleshed out characters. No one gets that balance in these police procedurals right - the mix between personal and professional. Here you can't wait for more of either. Starting the next one now.

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  • Christopher
  • 02-25-19

Well-written police procedural

Tony J Forder's name was unknown to me until the start of this year but now I'm into the third available UK police procedural, with a rather flawed Detective Inspector Bliss as the central but not dominant character. Set in Peterborough, which lies in Cambridgeshire or Northamptonshire, depending on allegiances, it is around 75 miles from London, in rather low and flat Fen country. The atmosphere of this city with its historic cathedral set on the River Nene and its post-World War II New Town developments, the crime rate is scarcely different from the national average and varies from petty theft to murder. D.I. (Jimmy) Bliss is something of a tragic figure, who lost his wife to murder, by another copper. Unsurprisingly, Bliss has somehow never been able to make affective relationships work. It is well-known in police forces, especially in the UK, that sergeants and inspectors are essentially the crime busters. If you want to stay in the work as a line manager and be involved in criminal cases, then the lesson is never to get promoted. Hampered by paperwork and bureaucracy, along with the outsourcing or privatisation of many vital services, the work of the average copper means he/she needs eyes in the back of the head and body armour, necessarily around the back.

A particularly informative insight lies in the clashes between lead investigators and senior officers, especially hard-driving females: some of whom have been fast-tracked, yet seemingly never have pounded a beat, driven a police car with blues and twos, let alone dealing with the seamy figures in the criminal world or down and outs in the gutter. I have seen this state of affairs first hand and I emphasize strongly this is not a characterization/criticism of the many gifted and able women who work in the closed societies of police and intelligence. However, it points to increasing managerialism in the services, along with the more dubious practices of outsourcing or privatizing necessary police functions.

For me, discovering D.I. Bliss and his team has immediately put the author into the front rank of English crime writers. Although age is catching up, for Bliss and his junior officers he is fighting on many fronts: bureaucracy behind and around, with crime in the forefront, all of which make an unholy mix. The flawed hero who engaged in swinging with his wife in younger days in London, and now can't quite get over the effects, suffering from tinnitus and side effects, he is all too human: so too the accompanying figures about which we learn more with each book. I hope Mr Fordey can continue with his fine work. I have no hesitation in giving this five stars on all counts and the narrator manages to capture edgy performance and the effects of long hours, rough meals, too much coffee and the other ills that affect those who guard law-abiding members of the community.