Thursday 15 June 2023

Knuckle Bones - Alex Smith - DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 12.0

Knuckle Bones
DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 12.0
ISBN 9781913877125

I always look forward to new offerings from the pen of Alex Smith, It has been so since reading his YA Furnace Series over a decade ago. I picked up this title on release day but was in the middle of some other stories and did not get to it right away. But when I did, I could hardly put it down. 
This instalment in the Kett saga has a very different feel to it. At the beginning Kett is still not going to the office and leading active cases. He is just consulting on some. When what appears to be a really old cold case drops in their lap, they use it as a tool to pull Kett back in. But as fan of the series will know, nothing with Kett is ever as simple and straightforward as it appears. The description of this volume  is:

“When a chamber of horrors is uncovered during building work at Norfolk’s County Hall, dozens of bones arranged in an arcane pattern inside a long-forgotten cellar, everybody expects the worst—until a forensic team discovers that the human remains are decades old.

After the horror of his kidnapping at the hands of Hollenbeck, DCI Kett isn’t in a hurry to return to work. But Superintendent Clare thinks these historic crimes are the perfect way to ease him back into the job.

The case isn’t as cold as it looks, though. Soon Kett finds himself on the trail of a ruthless and obsessive killer, and caught in a century-old struggle between some of the most powerful families in the city.

Occult rituals, cold-hearted revenge and bloody retribution—it falls once again to the Extreme Crime Task Force to solve a case that cuts right to the bone.”

It all start with a dig to expand the township offices. And unfortunately they unearth and old cellar, and one with a lot of secrets, and a lot of bones. But that cellar is linked to tunnels some more modern and some ancient that crisscross all over the place under the town. And what appears to be an old crime might just spark some new crimes. Soon not only is Kett back in the thick of it, but experiencing the bumps and bruises along the way. The team is glad he is back. After a huge misstep the Super  and boss are not so much. But Kett always seems to find a way to get the job done. But to find out if he does and if so how you will need to read the story of this case. 

If you have been following the DCI Kett saga 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 thirteenth of the DCI Kett stories that I have read, the twelfth novel, Kett has also made a brief appearance in The Harder They Fall, the first of the Softley Series of books.

About the author we are informed that:

“Alex Smith wrote his first book when he was six. It wasn’t particularly good, but it did have some supernatural monsters in it. His latest books, the DCI Robert Kett thrillers, have monsters in it too, although these monsters are very human, and all the more terrifying for it. In between these two books he has published thirteen other novels for children and teenagers under his full name, Alexander Gordon Smith—including the number one bestselling series Escape From Furnace, which is loved by millions of readers worldwide and which is soon to become a motion picture. He lives in Norwich with his wife and three young daughters.”

My original introduction to Smith’s works were The Furnace novels many years ago. I have not read everything he has published but much of it. And they are always edge of your seat thrillers. I still hope that someday he will finally release book 2 is the Softley Softley Series, but until then I am thankful for another read in this dark and disturbing series. For some the Kett stories will be the things of nightmares, for others a look at the underside of society. But no matter how you read them they are crime thrillers with a lot of action, great characters and often a significant violence! This one has several twists and more than a few surprises for Kett, the team and for us the readers!

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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