‘You Can’t Hide’ by Steve Parker



Albert Tanner, vicious psychopath and burner of men, is in the USA with unfinished business

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks must find him first.

Their task is straightforward: hunt Tanner down and bring him home. But a few explosions, an assassin and a dead child change everything.

Dragged into a sordid world of high class sex parties they discover an Albert Tanner they never knew existed.

Then a child is snatched from her own bed and Tanner wants to do a deal. However the price is far too high.

Paterson and Clocks realise they have no choice but to hunt Tanner down their own way.


My Review

This is the fourth book in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks.  I have been a fan of this series from the moment I picked up the first book in the series.  I thought that the previous three books were good but ‘You Can’t Hide’ blows the others out of the water.  I absolutely blooming well loved reading ‘You Can’t Hide’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about the dynamic duo of Paterson and Clocks?  For a start they are like chalk and cheese and couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried.  Paterson is a career police officer but he still does his fair share of the work and he isn’t bound to his desk by an in tray bulging with paperwork.  Paterson leads from the front and he wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself.  Although I do love Paterson, I have developed a huge soft spot for Clocks or Timex as he is sometimes known.  He is more rough and ready than Paterson.  He is also rather blunt and calls a spade a spade.  Put it this way, he wouldn’t be any good as a diplomat as he would cause more wars than prevent them.  That said Clocks is as tough as old boots and no matter what is thrown at him, he still gets up, dusts himself off and carries on.  He isn’t easily offended.  Even though Paterson and Clocks are as different from each other, they still make one hell of an investigating team and they are great friends outside of work too.

Oh my flipping word, ‘You Can’t Hide’ really is one hell of a fantastic book.  I was addicted to reading this book from the moment I read the synopsis, never mind from when I began to read the book.  It didn’t take me long at all to get into this book.  In fact by the time I got to the bottom of the first page I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down and so it proved to be.  In Paterson and Clocks I felt that I had reunited with old friends.  I totally immersed myself in the story to the extent that I was able to shut out all other distractions to focus solely on the book.  Usually I have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case.  I couldn’t get enough of the story and I was desperately trying to race through the book to find out if my favourite detective duo finished the book in one piece.  The pages of the book turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to discover what happened increased.  It seemed to take me next to no time to get to the end of ‘You Can’t Hide’, which I was disappointed about.  Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t disappointed with the way in which the story ended but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I just wanted the book to continue on and on and on.

‘You Can’t Hide’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Steve Parker.  He certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and he dangles enough bait in front of your nose to ensure that you keep on reading.  Towards the beginning of the book, there is an event so shocking that has ensured that this book will stay fresh in my mind for a long time to come.  The story most definitely hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  ‘You Can’t Hide’ had more action than a Hollywood movie.  I kept expecting Bruce Willis in his white vest to pop up somewhere but no we had to make do with Johnny Clocks in his string vest going all action man like.  He goes through that much explosive stuff within a short space of time that I kept thinking ‘surely he can’t survive another incident like he has just experienced’.  He seems to have more lives than a cat.

Reading this book felt like being on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with what felt like several twists and turns along the way.  On more than one occasion I almost had to read through my fingers as I feared what was going to happen next or what was awaiting me over the page.  The tension almost got to me but I soon realised that if I wanted to find out how the story ended and if my heroes survived in one piece then of course I had to continue reading.  This was one of those books that sent my blood pressure soaring, my heart rate increasing and sent my nerves a-jangling.

In short, I absolutely adored reading ‘You Can’t Hide’ and I would definitely recommend this author and this series to other readers.  I enjoyed ‘You Can’t Hide’ so much that it has soared into my top ten reads of 2019.  I can’t wait to read what Steve comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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