A victim with no voice…. A killer with no fear…. A race against time.
When the body of a homeless man is found at the foot of a church steeple in the middle of the harshest winters Cardiff has seen for years Inspector Marco’s superior wants the inquiry finished quickly. Even if it means the killer evades justice. But Marco isn’t happy and he knows from bitter personal experience how tough life can be.
A second killing of a rough sleeper only galvanises Marco and his team to hunt down the killer. But the lives of the homeless community makes uncovering the clues and tracking the killer challenging.
When a vital witness disappears, Marco fears the worse. And despite knowing that a vital clue exists it remains tantalisingly out of his grasp. Things only get worse when a woman linked to the inquiry cannot be found.
Only when he uncovers the missing piece of the jigsaw does he realise where to catch the culprit and how finally he must prevent more deaths.
‘Dead Of Night’ is the fifth book in the bestselling series featuring Detective Inspector Marco. I haven’t quite caught up with all of the books in the series but I am getting there. I read the synopsis for ‘Dead Of Night’ and it certainly sounded like the gritty crime drama I have come to expect from Stephen Puleston. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Dead Of Night’ but more about that in a bit.
It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story. In fact, by the time I got to the end of the synopsis on the back cover, I knew that I was in for a treat. I found it nigh on impossible to put the book down for any length of time. I was intrigued by the case and by the characters and I just had to keep reading to see how the investigation panned out. At one point the pages were turning that quickly that the page numbers became a blur. I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the story. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Dead Of Night’ and I had to say farewell to Marco and his team. I found ‘Dead Of Night’ to be a gripping read, which certainly kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat.
‘Dead Of Night’ is superbly written but then that’s certainly true of all of Stephen’s books. In Marco, Stephen has created a multi layered main character, who has had his problems but he doesn’t let them hold him back. I must admit that I have developed a soft spot for Marco. For me, ‘Dead Of Night’ was perfectly paced. The story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout. Reading ‘Dead Of Night’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. I felt as though I was part of the story myself and that’s thanks to Stephen’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Dead Of Night’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Stephen’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.