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Shifting Skin - Killing them wasn't enough...

'The Butcher of Belle Vue' has struck again. Like the first two victims, the third has been partially skinned and dumped on waste ground. Only this time, her face has also been removed. Jon Spicer and his new partner, Rick Saville, are approached by a woman who insists she heard 'The Butcher' claiming his latest victim in the next-door room of a run-down hotel in Belle Vue. But all she has to back up her story is an Escort’s business card recovered from the empty room the following morning. Jon's investigation takes him into the twilight world of Manchester's sex workers and the unscrupulous cosmetic surgery industry, eventually forcing him to confront the potential for violence within every man - even within himself.

©2014 Chris Simms (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Shifting Skin has all the ingredients - blood, excitement, speed, mystery and realistic, likeable characters.” (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

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I found this book entertaining but struggled with the narrator. Chris Simms described characters and places well and the story was well paced with a number of unexpected developments that kept me interested until the end. I liked this book and would have liked to follow the series, but grudgingly put it in the second tier of my library because I could not get comfortable with the narrator.

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  • 05-08-20

QUALITY!!!!

Ive never understood why DI Spicer books aren’t massively popular, this is British police procedural at its absolute best; strong regional base, gritty and intricate multi stranded plots, engaging and realistic central character and one that bizarrely for crime fiction actually seems like a realistic copper devoid of the cliches that proliferate in the genre (drink problem, difficult relationship with child, etc) there is a nice complementary sidekick. All in all a real quality piece of work by the author, I really hope he hasn’t abandoned DI Spicer. As for the reading, absolutely spot on! For me this is the British equivalent of Dick Hills reading of the Harry Bosch books, absolutely nails it!!! C’mon Chris, we need more!!!

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