#BlogBlitz #Review ~ Degrees Of Darkness by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?

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About the Author

On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.

Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.

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My Review

Degrees of Darkness certainly took me on a journey to the dark-side and beyond! This is an intensely chilling book. The author suckered me in from the beginning and never really let go. My heart was in my mouth a lot of the time.

The characters are all brilliantly real, flawed and wrung out. The descriptive writing sends chills down your spine while at the same time it’s memorising.

Frank Rogers has left the police force and is running a fairly dubious debt collection agency. Nevertheless he is making a living following his failed marriage and life plods on.

Until the ghastly news comes in about his ex-wife, son and daughter .. there is a killer on the loose who has a penchant for young girls.

Things are beginning to become a bit personal for Frank as he finds himself caught up in a race against time. Can he figure out who is responsible before his daughter Laura comes to any harm?

This is a gritty police crime thriller and is definitely not for the faint-hearted. There are several gruesome situations played out but the seemingly innocent ‘milk’ incident has put me off for life! The utter repulsion stayed with me for days such was the quality of the writing!

This will keep you on the edge of your seat and the drama doesn’t relent at all. A tremendous roller-coaster ride through hell.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Sarah for inviting me onto the tour. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

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