Title – Blue Wicked
Author – Alan Jones
Genre – Crime Fiction
Length – 283 Pages
Publication – Oct 2014
My Rating – 4/5 Stars
The tortured corpses of young alcoholics and drug addicts are turning up in Glasgow and only Eddie Henderson seems to know why. When he tries to tell the police, his information is ridiculed and he’s told to stop wasting their time.
One officer, junior detective Catherine Douglas, believes him, and together they set out to discover why the dregs of Glasgow’s underbelly are being found, dead and mutilated.
This tale is dark; the crimes committed are designed to inflict as much pain for as long as possible. The person behind these crimes wants their victims to know they are dying and no matter what nothing can save them.
Initially when Eddie contacts the police no one takes him too seriously but things soon change and Eddie is brought in to help on the case.
There is a great build up throughout the book, each crime leaving you thinking what could possibly happen next.
Catherine Douglas has faith in Eddie and you can see from the start something is likely to happen between them. I wasn’t a fan of this I must admit but the way the author used this relationship throughout the book worked and led to some great reading towards the end of the book. I guess with the dark tone of the book I wasn’t prepared for a bit of love to be thrown in there. Nevertheless it made for a very good, fast paced read
I mainly read historical, syfy or fantasy works but I’m starting to find out there are some very good crime fiction books out there.. I’ve just never known.. and I’d definitely say this is one of the good ones.
My one other word of caution is that some of the slang used can be a little hard to understand. The author does provide a glossary at the end of the book but is does interrupt the flow of the story if you don’t understand what a word means and have to look it up.
The aspect of the book changes throughout, which gives you great insight to the person committing the crimes. Put this together with one hell of an ending and you’ve got a great story in my book
To sum up, Blue Wicked has a lot to offer. The darkness of the murders & the anger brought on by the police who won’t listen made this a book that’s hard to put down.
I see the author has a previous book out so I’ll be adding this to my TBR pile