Today Mandie is taking a look at the final book in the Con Fairchild series, Nowhere to Run and we’re both wishing James Oswald a very happy paperback publication day. This was possibly my favourite book in the series and you can read my thoughts right here. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
On compassionate leave following the death of her mother, Detective Constable Constance Fairchild thought renting a cottage near Aberystwyth, Wales would get her far enough from London to finally relax. But trouble always seems to find Con, and it’s not long before she is cooling off in a police station cell after defending herself from two would-be rapists.
In custody she meets a young Ukrainian woman, Lila, who confides in Con that she’s been forced by her manipulative boyfriend into prostitution and running drugs. Fearing for her life, she has run away from him, only to end up in the cells.
Con offers to help, but when her cottage is ransacked, and Lila subsequently disappears, she realises she’s stumbled into very dangerous company. International drug smugglers and ruthless people traffickers – those who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. Out here at the end of the line, will Con find that there’s nowhere left to run?
Having taken my time to read this series I can only say that clearly Con Fairchild is a magnet for trouble even when she is supposed to be taking some time to get over her mother’s death and everything that has happened to her. Nowhere To Run sees Con taking a sabbatical from the force to see if she can get herself back on track and work out what she wants. Staying in a cottage in Wales she seems to be finally relaxing, but you just know that this is not going to last. Finding herself arrested, she makes the acquaintance of a young girl who is clearly in trouble and soon Con finds herself smack bang in the middle of a police investigation that her bosses just know she won’t stay out of no matter what they say.
I really like Con Fairchild, she has a stubborn streak a mile wide and is quite possibly in the wrong career for someone who continually goes against authority, her bosses and procedure, but it is also what probably makes her so good at her job. With the noted exception of one person who has taken an instant dislike to her due to past events, she also seems to have the backing and loyalty of her colleagues.
This book like the others in the series will definitely hook you in from the start. The setting of Aberystwyth where I have spent quite a few holidays seemed both familiar yet new at the same time. With Welsh myths and legends woven into the story it also gives James Oswald fans that vibe that they love.
Whilst the theme of this book is dark it has been dealt with in a way that gives the reader a true sense of what is going on without being graphic. The people that Con finds herself up against are on the face of it pillars of the small community and with the way that they have been written you can quite easily imagine walking past them in real life. There is one character though that deserves a special mention and that is Gelert. He won my heart from the get-go and clearly had Con’s back throughout. Trust me once you meet him you will love him.
Having now caught up with all the books currently in the series I am hoping we will see more from Detective Constable Con Fairchild in the future.
About the Author
James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. Set in an Edinburgh not so different to the one we all know, Detective Inspector Tony McLean is the unlucky policeman who can see beneath the surface of ordinary criminal life to the dark, menacing evil that lurks beneath.
James has also introduced the world to Detective Constable Constance ‘Con’ Fairchild, whose first outing was in the acclaimed No Time To Cry.
As J D Oswald, James has written a classic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men. The whole series is now available in print, ebook and audio formats.
James has pursued a varied career – from Wine Merchant to International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and professional Sheep Shit Sampler (true). He moved out of the caravan when Storm Gertrude blew the Dutch barn down on top of it, and now lives in a proper house with two dogs, two cats and a long-suffering partner. He farms Highland cows by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.