Wednesday 11 May 2022

Jaw Breaker - Alex Smith - DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 9.0

Jaw Breaker
DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 9.0
Zertex Crime
ISBN 9781913877088

I started this book the day it released, and even though it was a very busy week at work I ripped through it in a few days. I could not put it down. All of the Kett books are dark, and somewhat disturbing British Crime Thrillers, but this one takes it to a completely different level. Kett and his new team the Norfolk Constabulary’s Extreme Crime Task Force, have gone on holiday for some team building time. But the few days away do not end up relaxing in any way shape or form. It is another great story an intense series. There are a few twists in this tale and somethings very much unexpected. 

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 almost certainly enjoy this novel. And the other books in the series. This is the tenth of the DCI Kett stories that I have read, the nineth novel, and Kett made a brief appearance in The Harder They Fall, the first of the Softley Series of books. A previous volume, Whip Crack, makes reference to Six Days, Six Hours, Six Minutes, which is by far the darkest and grittiest of Smith’s mystery thriller novels. But this one is pretty close. All of Smith’s mysteries link together in some fashion. The description of this story is:

“After the horrors of their last case, DCI Kett and the rest of Norfolk Constabulary’s Extreme Crime Task Force are in need of a break.

And that’s just what they think they’re getting when Superintendent Clare takes them on a team building exercise in the middle of a quiet Norfolk village.

But what was supposed to be a weekend of recovery and fun soon becomes something much more sinister, when two local men turn up dead—poisoned by a horrific new designer drug nicknamed Jaw Breaker.

Kett and the team find themselves dragged into the middle of a bloody civil war between gangs, cultists, coppers and some very angry locals.

Not to mention a ghost...

And they learn that R&R doesn’t always stand for Rest and Relaxation. Sometimes it’s all about Revenge and Retribution.”

I had pieced much of it together before the different reveals. But Not all the pieces had fallen in place. Like Kett thought at one point during this story:

“So why was it that the jigsaw pieces still felt loose inside his head? Why did it feel like he was missing something?”

And later:

“Kett’s knee was throbbing, so he pulled out a chair and sat down. Nothing was fitting together the way it should have been, and the more he tried to force the pieces, the more his head ached.”

By the end of this one Kett is trying to save someone else, and we see echoes of him working to save himself. Kett also encounters a former cop who considers himself like Kett, but Kett wants to be nothing like this man. We see Kett struggle with his own past, who he is and who he wants to be. And yet again Kett’s family seems to be a target by the end of the tale. In this one Kett and team are tacking drug games, a mysterious new drug killing young men, and the pieces just won’t seem to fit.

To figure out how Kett and team solve the mystery you will need to pick up and read this volume. But be warned it is dark, gritty, and absolutely addicting. Another great read in a crime series and one that will leave you wanting the next volume, Knock Knock!

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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