Today when I got home from work, there was a parcel sat on my dining table waiting for me. I knew what it was as I’d been tipped off yesterday about it’s arrival, but nonetheless I was excited and tore at the wrapping to get at the contents. And this is what was inside.
A copy of David Jackson’s new book, Marked, due for release on January 3rd. I am honoured to be able to call Dave a friend having met him at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in 2011, and I am extremely lucky to have obtained an advance copy of his new book. Now you might think that what I am going to say about Dave’s books, is because I know him, but that is absolutely not the case.
Dave writes crime fiction set in New York, with protagonist Detective Callum Doyle. I absolutely love Doyle. I love the tone of the novels. They are witty. They have my laughing out loud and yet they are fast, active and everything you would expect from American crime. For a British girl, I have to say, I am an American crime fiction fan. It’s what I prefer to read and I now have a firm second place favourite author – I’m sorry Dave, I’m not sure anyone will knock Karin Slaughter off that top slot – and that is David Jackson.
The problem I’m facing now, with this book firmly in my hands, is this – I’m actually nervous about starting to read it! I know I will devour it and then it’s over. Done. Gone. I have to wait for the next one. It’s that good.
Her tattoo wasn’t just a mark for life; it marked her for death too.
In New York’s East Village a young girl is brutally raped, tortured and murdered. Detective Callum Doyle has seen the victim’s remains. He has visited the distraught family. Now he wants justice.
Doyle is convinced he knows who the killer is. The problem is he can’t prove it. And the more he pushes his prime suspect, the more he learns that the man is capable of pushing back in ways more devious and twisted than Doyle could ever have imagined.
Add to that the appearance of an old adversary who has a mission for Doyle and won’t take no for an answer, and soon Doyle finds himself at risk of losing everything he holds dear. Including his life.
What author do you love reading so much that you don’t want to finish the book?