Friday 4 September 2020

Whip Crack - Alex Smith - DCI Kett Book 4.0

Whip Crack
DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 4.0
Zertex Crime
ISBN 9781913877033
If you have been fallowing the saga of DCI Kett this book is a must read. If you happen to be a fan of rough and tough action you will also enjoy this novel. This is the fifth of the DCI Kett stories that I have read, and Kett made a brief appearance in The Harder They Fall, the first of the Softley Series of books. And this volume makes reference to Six Days, Six Hours, Six Minutes,  which is the darkest and grittiest of Smith’s novels. So all of his mysteries like together in some fashion. This book is different than the others in the series, but still has that same intense action mystery feel. 

I have stated before that each of the Kett novels have been great crime mystery novels, and interesting reads. But they are dark books with terrible crimes. In this one Kett and his wife are still finding their way after her has rescued her from kidnappers. Officially Kett is on compassionate leave. And is awaiting news of if there will be an inquiry into his actions that led to his wife’s rescue. He was offered a holiday back near Norwich. But the offer also had some alternative motives. Four teens have gone missing, and the more they investigate the worse things look. Kett has a gift for finding missing people, and often bringing them back alive. And his old team need his help again, unofficially. He is consulting. And In a case that only spans a few days there is an immense amount of action. Great risk, real danger. And clues just at the edge of his consciousness. A series of clues left on old tape recorders. Leading the victims and others taunting the police. Hope of a rescue but a time limit and the clock is ticking down. 

I admit I love the Kett novels. His character. His strength. His drive. He is a man who puts it all on the line for others. And does it because of his love for his wife and children. And after having both lost and regained his wife, he knows from personal experience the angst of a missing loved one. I did figure most of this story out well before the end. I had most of the who, but not all of the why. 

I will state again this book and this series is not for all readers. It is dark and gritty and very intense. They are great thrillers. 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 this 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 always something extra appealing about a British crime drama or procedural, I was hooked from the concept. 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. I had preordered this and read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. Once I started reading, I just could not stop. Another great read in a high octane series.

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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