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Publisher's Summary

He was never truly gone, only biding his time....

Late on midsummer's night there is a splash in the river Thames. A body is found on an island, asphyxiated and laced with strange markings. For DCI Craig Gillard it's a baffling case. The victim's identity is elusive, clues are scarce and every witness has something to hide.

Meanwhile one of Britain's deadliest serial killers is finally up for parole after a deal to reveal the location of two missing bodies. The felon has his own plans to get even with witnesses, accusers and the officer who caught him 30 years before. And who was that? A young trainee by the name of Gillard.

An explosive crime thriller from master storyteller Nick Louth, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Cara Hunter and Robert Bryndza.

©2020 Nick Louth (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Triffic

I so enjoy nick louths writing. He does have a wild imagination. This was great. Except for the narrators who was rather limited in the characters he did. He needs to extend his performances.

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  • Lia
  • 07-06-2021

Really Good But Ending Weird

Ethical concerns here. Even after thirty years, how can Neville Rollason be released on parole, he who murdered all those boys? Vigilantes vow he will not last long. Meanwhile Rollason has his own secret agenda - carefully plotted all this time is devastating revenge on all who helped put him away....

Caught up in the middle are DCI Craig Gillard and his team. Actually at the moment this is not their prime concern, mystery surrounding a corpse dumped at night in the Thames. How came the body to be so crushed?

The powerful start grabs attention. Police procedural is convincingly portrayed - the slow but sure sifting of information received, all the while homing in on the possible truth.

Overall reaction depends on how much the listener can believe in motivations eventually attributed and events described in the closing chapters. After so much ringing true, there seemed a lurch into the surreal, sequences that did not really seem to belong. I found the ending of the book unbelievable but it is fiction and I was entertained .

Thought provoking, though, is the central issue. Are some crimes so heinous that perpetrators should never be released?

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  • Linda Hanson
  • 20-12-2020

Disappointing & Very Creepy

I really like this series and so picked it up this new title right away. Sad to say I nearly returned it a few minutes in- I wish I had. It was.just too creepy & gross. I hope i can get some of the images out of my mind very soon.

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  • cdigo
  • 11-12-2020

Worst of the Gillard books

Although Marston York has read all the Gillard books there is something different about this reading, kind of droned on. The premise was bizarre, not even remotely realistic. So glad its over

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  • manny rothman
  • 04-11-2020

The Body on the Island

Was a great book with great characters and great action with a great story and a great ending looking forward to the next book thanks 💪🤠🍷

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  • CehTex
  • 31-10-2020

Great series!

A complex and intriguing mystery. Plenty of hateful villains to cheer against and a bizarre answer to a couple of mysterious deaths. The new female detective added to the squad is a great addition to the series. Keep ‘em coming please, Mr. Louth!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2021

All build-up, no pay-off

This is my least favorite of the series so far. Started out with the potential to be the best of the bunch, but didn’t live up to it. If DCI Gillard is the reason you listen to this series then just a heads up, he’s in this book far less than any of the others. Almost a secondary character. I’ll move on to the next book because I still enjoy the series. But hoping this is the only bump in the road.

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  • UC
  • 19-06-2021

Great Story

Really enjoy the DCI Gillard series. Fantastic narration. Please keep up the great work, with new plot twists and new characters.

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  • alene mercer
  • 28-03-2021

Boring

I’ve heard the entire series and loved all of them until this one. The story was very slow, the characters one dimensional and even Craig Guillard was dull.

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  • BVerité
  • 23-03-2021

what a way to die...

Without any spoilers, I have to say that this one was bizarre. The method of death might be the most disgusting and weird I’ve ever heard. It’s not going to give you nightmares, but it will likely make you disappointed and shocked at the conclusion.
I do like this series very much. And if there are more books in the series, I’ll be listening to those as well.,

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  • Rick
  • 15-01-2021

Ridiculous solution

I have enjoyed all of Louth's books so far. He is a good story teller and creates interesting mysteries populated with mostly likeable regular characters. That was the case with the first four books. The fifth book became a bit silly in the totally unrealistic actions of the villain. This one breaks his success streak more completely. It starts with an intriguing murder but gets muddled with two separate story lines and less memorable characters. Two suspects are portrayed so similarly that I am still not sure if they were two separate characters.

Then there is the solution to the mystery. I normally avoid talking about any element of a solution in a review so as not to spoil the books, so I will only speak about one element of it. It is not a good sign that it moved me to exclaim out loud..."You have got to be kidding." It is the most ridiculous end to a murder mystery that I have ever read. It is also a concern that this book repeats some problematic elements of the last book. A pile up of overly coincidental connections among the characters and a seeming revenge plot out of Gillard' past. Marston York does his usual excellent work in reading the story. Hopefully the next book improves after two let downs

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  • John Saltford
  • 09-02-2021

A good series spoiled by increasing horror

This series of thrillers is well written with complex structure which is well thought out. It was very enjoyable and I looked forward to the next one in the series, but the author has got lazy. Stereotype dodgy cops are becoming too much of a feature. A gratuitous level of description of the actions of various perpetrators. This level of malevolence goes through this most recent book that it feels the author had forgotten that the genre was detective thriller or police proceedual and was writing for the followers of Conte de Sade.

A classic case of a series of detective novels that went on too long.

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  • Daisy
  • 06-12-2020

Laughable

This story line was a little absurd. I love this series, however this book had me laughing out loud at the ‘gruesome’ murder reveal. I’m chuckling now just thinking about how ridiculous it was, I’ve even spoken about this book to several different people because I thought it was so bizarre. . I would say it’s still worth a listen, but it’s a bit different from the others.

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  • Ms K Sheard
  • 16-01-2021

Not the best

I have enjoyed the other books by Nick Louth, but this was not up to his usual standard. The characters seemed superficial, and the reveal not unexpected. Not a bad book, but a bit disappointing.

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  • Mrs
  • 23-11-2020

absurd

normally I really enjoy these books but the story line on this one was frankly bonkers. it really didn't move the ongoing story line on with the regular characters and the new characters were like caricatures of real people. hopefully the next one will be back to normal.

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  • Indigoviolet
  • 06-01-2021

Bizarre story

Not the best of the series but full of twists. Some of the character voices are terrible but worth a listen overall

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  • EastAnglianwriter
  • 04-01-2021

The narrator really isn't working for this book

I'm half way through and Instead of finding myself lost in the story which i have with previous Nick Louth books, and this series in particular, I'm pulled and pulled up time and again by the poor narration - Although it is the same narrator from previous books in this one the reading sounds leaden and the women's voices are out of kilter - the Scottish female officer sounds like a hairy truck driver and a couple of the others really robotic - I'm losing the story and the sense of the characters in amongst the clumsy narration

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  • ann gayford
  • 25-02-2021

drawn out

struggled to finish it. very disappointed in it as it failed to grab my attention







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  • Jody Taylor
  • 14-01-2021

Enjoyed but see why others find it a little far fetched

Love this series of books.
Enjoyed the story and yes, it is a little far fetched but it didn’t hinder my overall liking of it.
Looking forward to number 7 when it is available.

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  • wendy
  • 09-12-2020

Awful ending

I was truly offended by the perverse ending of this book. I could never recommend buying this book. It is a shame because I have enjoyed the author’s previous books.

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  • Karen
  • 02-04-2021

One of the best narrators I have heard

I good yarn can be ruin by the voice and flow of the narrator. In this case, and for all the preceding Nick louth books, I cannot praise the narrator enough -magic. About to download next book in the Gillard series 👌🏻

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