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‘Somebody Told Me’ by Stephen Puleston

Somebody Told Me: An exciting,fast-paced crime thriller (Detective Inspector Marco Book 3) by [Puleston, Stephen]

Synopsis

A gangland murder…
When DI John Marco discovers the body of Felix Bevard he knows instantly the killing was a professional hit. But the criminal underworld don’t share secrets easily and with no apparent motive, Marco is forced to delve into Bevard’s murky past to try to find the murderer…
An impossible killer…
As Marco examines Bevard’s past crimes, one name keeps cropping up – notorious gangster Jimmy Walsh. A brutal murderer, Walsh has a motive for killing Bevard and the power to do it, but there’s just one problem – Walsh is already behind bars.
A race against time.
Corruption at the heart of the system seems the only answer. How else could Walsh kill with impunity? But as Marco’s investigation develops, new leads spring from cases once thought closed, and the net closes ever tighter on Walsh. Until Marco’s own family begins to face threats to their life that could jeopardise the whole case.
Now Marco must prove Walsh’s guilt or catch the real killer still be at large, before Marco becomes a victim himself…

 

My Review

I have been fortunate enough to have read and reviewed a few of Stephen’s books now and so far I have loved each and every one.  ‘Somebody Told Me’ is no exception as I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.

I couldn’t help but take to Detective Inspector John Marco.  He’s a career policeman, who has his faults and he has experienced some nasty things in his time.  Marco is a recovering alcoholic although I wasn’t sure if he would be able to stay dry as the pressure of his latest case is immense.  Marco was with a woman and they had a son but the relationship broke down and couldn’t be saved.  Marco is slowly rebuilding a relationship with his son and the beginning of this instalment sees his recent return from a holiday with his son.  They have been over to Italy to meet some of Marco’s family and just generally spend time with each other.  It’s fair to say that Marco’s career has impacted on his family life and I would hazard a guess that his dedication to his work was one of the major factors in the break up with his long term partner and mother to his son.  Marco has a loyal team around him and each have each other’s backs.  Marco mucks in to do his fair share of the workload and he doesn’t ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself.  There is one person with whom Marco doesn’t see eye to eye and that is Detective Inspector Dave Hobbs.  From what I have read Hobbs appears to be a lazy arse, who is quite content to let others do the work whilst he sits behind a desk.  Hobbs manages to secure himself a role as an Acting Detective Chief Inspector, which means that Marco reports to Hobbs, which does not go down well with Marco and I could totally understand why.  Both men were Detective Inspectors with a mutual dislike of each other.  There is certainly one hell of a personality clash.  It’s fair to say that Marco and Hobbs have a love/ hate relationship – they love to hate each other.  If I could have jumped inside the pages of the book to kick Hobbs in the nuts, poke his eyes out with a sharp stick and slap him silly with a wet flip flop then I would have.

Oh my days I was hooked on this book from the moment I read the synopsis.  I just know that when I pick one of Stephen’s books up, I am sure to be in for one hell of a read and ‘Somebody Told Me’ is no exception.  I eagerly picked up my Kindle and began to read.  From the moment I read the first word on the first page, I became seriously addicted to reading this book.  In fact it was almost as if the book had cast a spell over me.  I picked up the book only intending to read a couple of chapters but when I checked how much I had read, I was stunned to find that I hadn’t read a couple of chapters but I had actually read 10 chapters and a couple of hours had passed.  The more I read, the more addicted I became to the story and the quicker the pages turned.  I just needed to know if Marco managed to get through the book without punching Hobbs in the face, to see if Marco managed to solve the case,  to see if he and his team survived the case unscathed and to see if his family survived in one piece.  This book had more twists and turns in it than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  The author describes the characters so well that they seem to come alive and jump off the page as it were.  I took to the main characters so well, apart from the delightful Hobbs and the baddies of course, that I began to look on them as friends.  Naturally I wanted to jump inside the story to defend them.  I binge read this book over a couple of days and as it happens, it worked really well in this case because it gave me a real sense of the intensity of a police investigation.  The story was so realistically written that I felt as though I was an invisible member of the team and I even began interacting with the book, as daft as that might sound.

In short I absolutely loved reading ‘Somebody Told Me’ and it’s safe to say that Stephen has another winner on his hands with this book. The Detective Inspector Marco series just keeps getting better and better. I would definitely recommend this author and his books to everybody and anybody.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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