Thursday 12 March 2020

Bad Dog - Alex Smith - DCI Kett Book 2.0

Bad Dog
DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 2.0
Zertex Crime
ISBN 9781912767175

This is the third of the DCI Kett stories that I have read, and Kett made a brief appearance in The Harder They Fall. Each of the Kett novels have been great crime mystery novels, and interesting reads. But they are dark books with terrible crimes. Definitely not for all readers. Over ten years ago, I read and loved the Lockdown series published primarily for a young adult audience by Alexander Gordon Smith. When I found out he had a new crime mystery series in the works I had visions of his skill turned to series like Wired in the Blood, or the Commander. There is just something so appealing about a British crime drama or procedural, I was hooked from the concept. And I have read a mystery or crime thriller a week from the pen of Alex Smith since reading that first story.  The first short story is available for free on his site, if you are uncertain but I will warn you the stories are very addictive. 

The book begins 6 weeks after Paper Girls. DCI Kett who was on compassionate leave after the abduction of his wife. Is now assigned to the special task force in the area he went away to, to get away with his kids. It is the area he grew up in. After solving the first case in spectacular fashion he has been asked to stay on. For the benefit of the department, for his own health, and for his kids. When we first see Kett in this story he is meeting with a shrink to get cleared to return from duty. His injuries both physical and emotional from the paper girls case are not fully healed. When his commanding officer steps in and forces the shrink to clear him because there is a new case and he needs Kett working in. 

But right from when he first sees the body he suspects that all is not as it seems. It looks like it might be an attack from a large dog, but Kett sees indications that lead him to believe there is human involvement also. Unfortunately, the body is found right on the border between two departments. And by the end of the story Kett has greatly upset both commanders. But as usual Kett has a knack for figuring out things that others do not. And soon he realizes what is happening and places himself in great danger going in alone again. 

But to find out what happens you will need to read this gripping crime drama yourself. It is a good read it what has shaped up to be an intense addictive series.

When I was younger, I went through a phase of reading mysteries. A lot of books by Andrew M. Greely, Tom Clancy, and Robert B. Parker. And DCI Kett is a great character in the genre. But upp until last year I had not read much in the mystery or crime genres for over 25 years. But last year I did read a lot of crime and mystery books. I read all the books available by Maureen Jennings, the Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child, and the Hunt for Reacher series by Diane Capri. I said it before and I stand by it, I really believe that the writing in this story kept up with them all. It is a great third story in a series. Again it sets us up for some intense action in the coming volumes. 

This is a great read for anyone who enjoys the crime, mystery, thriller genres!

Mystery Books as Alex Smith:

Softley Softley Series:
2.0 Hard Luck House

DCI Kett Series:
2.0 Bad Dog
3.0 Three Little Pigs

Books By Alexander Gordon Smith:
Escape from Furnace:

Death Sentence
Execution Epilogue - Short Story
The Night Children - Short Story

Fury Series:
The Fury
The Storm

The Inventors:
The Inventors
The Inventors And The City of Stolen Souls

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