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Publisher's Summary

Dark, gritty and always edge-of-your-seat: the number one best seller is back with a standout new heroine.

Unknown, alone and fearing for your life. As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option - and these murders are as brutal as they come.

Lucy must step into the line of fire - a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line. And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it....

Always gripping. Always gruesome. Paul Finch will leave fans of Rachel Abbott and MJ Arlidge gasping for more.

©2016 Paul Finch (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Paul Finch:
"Wonderfully dark and peppered with grim humour. Finch is a born storyteller and writes with the authentic voice of the ex-copper he is." (Peter James)
"Edge-of-the-seat reading.... Heck is formidable - a British Alex Cross." (The Sun)
"An ingenious and original plot. Compulsive reading." (Rachel Abbott)
"A deliciously twisted and fiendish set of murders and a great pairing of detectives." (Stav Sherez)
"Avon's big star...part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa! An excellent series." (The Bookseller)
"An explosive thriller that will leave you completely hooked on Heck." (We Love This Book)

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what the f...!

Should have known better when the book was described as typical British police thriller, but there were no reviews warning against the crude language in this novel by Paul Finch, so desperate for a good psychological thriller, I took a chance. big mistake.
Starts of with a rookie heroine who has a female sidekick named Peabody (like Robb's Eve) and she rides a monster of a motorbike( Jane Yellowrock). so nothing original.
Definitely not for discerning readers who read a lot and who do not appreciate f words and omg used repeatedly by most characters.

Audible versions are often expensive and I would appreciate being warned of foul language. Could not finish the book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • 09-27-16

A wild ride of a story.

This book was gripping enough to listen to in two sittings. A complex story that sometimes lack credibility, as a one woman end pc takes on the whole of the north west mafia doing incredible things, making her bosses look inadequate and getting away with gross insubordination ! A bit unrealistic in today's police force I suspect, but it makes entertaining listening and if you allow for dramatic licence I'm sure you'll enjoy this tale. The narrator was good but eventually the Manchester accents became rather tedious.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jholmes
  • 10-05-16

Just Brilliant!

Engrossing, intriguing and a damn fine tale. Expertly crafted narrative with only an odd predictable twist in the tale. But even then it wasn't obvious
Great story, well written an narrated.
New author to me and I shall certainly explore more of his books

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • 12-06-16

WOW - 5 stars across the board!

Where does Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Within the top five.

What did you like best about this story?

It is much more than just a detective yarn. There is a lot of interesting interaction between the main character and her mother .... and I never saw the fantastic twist near the end coming!

What about Chloe Massey’s performance did you like?

The narration was fantastic - truly fantastic. So nice to hear a regional accent. Chloe's narration was faultless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, without giving too much away, the part where Lucy's mum does the only thing she thinks she can do under the circumstances. Very thought provoking and as a Mum myself, I could identify with both Mum and daughter on this.

Any additional comments?

A right rip roarer with no gratuitous violence or too much foul language. I've given it 5 stars across the board.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare
  • 09-27-16

Fantastic

Exciting story and fantastic characters. The narrator was superb and it was one of my favourite Audible stories.

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  • Jeannette M.
  • 11-29-16

a good listen

narration was excellent , the story was good although got a but frustrated with the heroine at times

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  • Mr
  • 12-17-16

Look forward to hearing the next one

Great story with good characters, a believable plot, crying out for a follow up book.

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  • Samantha
  • 10-18-16

brilliant

loved it and loved the narration too, could listen to chloe reading every book I listen too.

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  • vicki
  • 11-30-16

Don't waste your credit

Worst book I have listened to and I've been a member since 2008.
Lucy thinks she is wonder woman and the narrator doesn't make it any better.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs D J Fraser
  • 06-08-17

Brilliant plt , brilliant narrator. Paul Finch delivers once again!!

I was a little hesitant as female protagonists and villains don't usually deliver the dark rollercoaster thriller that stands out in a saturated genre. Or at least that is my experience thus far. Lucy Clayburn could stand in th company of Chris Cooper's Darcy Mcormick and Slaughter's Sarah Benton, and for this reason I have already pre-ordered her next installment!
It was a little slow at first but don't abandon ..... It's like climbing the huge incline at the start of Blackpool's Pepsi Max "Big One" when it first opened, on the moment of release, it descends into a bare knuckle ride of twist turns & loop the loops until it's stops!!!
You may well find yourself googling Finch's next release date too!!! The Narrator is a class act , top-notch, ENJOY!! :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-17

A female serial killer needs catching.

PC Lucy Clayburn wants to be a detective. She had one chance and then blew it. Now, ten years on, she has another chance.

Through a series of fortuitous leads, Lucy becomes a leading character in the investigation, going undercover into a dangerous world of high-class prostitution.

Lucy steps into the line of fire, a stranger in a criminal underworld that links closer to home than she would like.

I really enjoy Paul Finch's DC Heckenburg books and this was heading in the right direction. Maybe a second book will develop Lucy's character further.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful