The Official Book Blurb
No one is safe… not even the police.
DI Hero Nelson is used to violent crime but this one is personal. When he’s called to a crime scene he discovers the victims are two police officers one of whom is a good friend.
Determined to track down the killer, he’s dealt another blow as the body count continues to rise. To catch the killer before he strikes again, Hero calls upon the public for help. But when the criminal ups the ante by taking hostages, he soon regrets his actions.
Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?
Hero must apprehend a killer who is hiding in plain sight before the time runs out.
Now, it may have become apparent from previous posts of mine, but I am no stranger to starting a series part way through and In Plain Sight was my first meeting with DI Hero Nelson and his team. In fact it was my first time of reading any of the books by M.A. Comley and although this introduction may have been short and sweet, it certainly won’t be the last book I read. I know this, because upon finishing it I went back and purchased the first two books and the novella which form the rest of this series, so that might give you a bit of a clue as to how this review is going to pan out.
From the very opening you know that this is going to be a pacy and high action kind of a book. We join our perpetrator in a high speed chase where he begins what will become a very personal campaign of retribution against the people he feels are responsible for a very emotional loss and a true injustice. At least in his eyes. This person shows no mercy and has no qualms over killing others, in fact he revels in the pain and fear he inflicts, as well as enjoying the quick and merciless acts of revenge he takes against the police. Whilst we know exactly who this person is at the start, we don’t get an immediate sense of his motivation, his justification. This is slowly built throughout the book, drip fed into the story carefully so that a full picture is not evident until near the end. Aside from a small amount of compassion and love for his cat, the man shows no other signs of having any redeeming qualities. This simple fact alone makes his final acts of violence all the more shocking. Not that cat lovers can’t be evil, but these moments of tenderness just appear to be such a contradiction to the pain he inflicts upon others.
Now where do I start with Hero? This is the third book (fourth if you include the novella) featuring the character, and although it absolutely can be read as a standalone, perhaps I have missed a little by not having read the other books as I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about him. There are many things about him which are very endearing, his love for his wife, children and sister for one, and his dedication to his job for another. But he also came across as quite prickly, particularly with his partner, Shaw, and there were times when he came across as insensitive. Perhaps it is the weight of the case, perhaps this is his natural character. It was hard for me to tell from one meeting. I didn’t not like him; his tenacity was appealing as was his natural tendency to think of others before himself, but I didn’t quite get the warm and fuzzy’s for him. Not yet.
The story is full of action. It opens on a car chase and ends with a high stakes ransom drop in which Hero is forced to act against his better judgement in order to save the life of a young woman. And to be honest, the pace rarely drops in the pages in between. From robberies to hostage situations, there is seldom a let up from action from one moment to the next. Even a rare weekend off for Hero ends up in a massive rescue operation by his T.A. group. And it is this element which appeals to me the most. I love a bit of action and when it is wrapped up in a police investigation, it makes me smile even more.
There was a lot more dialogue in this book than perhaps I have been used to and it is really this that drives the story on. It was used very effectively here and all of the interactions between characters was very believable. The characters were all well established and rounded and despite not having known them all for very long, I got a real sense of the team of officers who surround Hero. I will be very happy to find some time to read the other books, and given that this was a very quick read, a true page turner, I am sure it won’t take me too long to catch up. I know I will also be hunting down some more books by this author as the writing style really appealed to me.
A very thrilling and action packed 4 stars.
My thanks to the author and publishers Bloodhound Books for the advance copy of In Plain Sight and for inviting me on the tour. The book is available to purchase now at the following links:
About the Author
M A Comley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Justice series. As an indie author she has reached the top 20 on Amazon, number 2 on Barnes and Noble, and the top five in the iTunes charts on both sides of the pond. To date her novels have sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a prolific author who writes fast-paced thrillers. She often pushes the boundaries and is not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Mel has also written, the Hero series, the DI Sally Parker series, the Intention series, and the DI Miranda Carr series. She has also co-authored the OCT series with Tara Lyons and the Deception series with fellow NY Times bestselling author Linda S Prather.
Even after six years of publishing, she still spends over a hundred hours every week pounding away at the computer, her life truly does revolve around her love of writing and entertaining her fans.
On the odd occasion she takes time off she enjoys going on long walks with her dog Dex, a rescue labrador, who she adores, spending time pottering around in the garden and reading fellow thriller authors’ works.
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