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Publisher's Summary

A victim. A mutilated body. A single word. 

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome and from a wealthy background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing. 

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl's investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through. 

Then another body is discovered. Another word cut into the victim’s chest. 

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message really for? 

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer...if he can survive long enough. 

This is the first in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. 

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole. 

©2018 Steve Parker (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • ScottieV
  • 20-10-2020

"F" really?

I enjoyed the story but really, it's so so sad the english language is so wasted. I mean as though the best you can do is keep using one word. Over and over and over and over. See what I mean? O well....

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  • Mark D
  • 30-07-2020

No, just no

I don't normally give anything a rating like this. It's awful, I won't get into the exact parts that are removed because it's crude and not believable. I'm not a prude about anything, but the language used in this is excessive. It's fine if it makes sense to the character or story, it doesn't here. The story is sophomoric and horribly ridiculous. An extremely rich, extremely good looking guy becomes a chief superintendent. Plus married to a model, really? The narrator isn't great. The way he makes the characters sound is, again, ridiculous. Maybe it gets better in the last 3 hours, I don't know because I couldn't get further than that.

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  • RubyShoes
  • 03-12-2020

Dreadful Narration arrgghh!

If I had used a credit on this it would have been returned in at the first dialogue! However because I added narration to this Kindle Unlimited title it feels petty to return it! So I'll rant a bit instead :) I admit I am extremely sensitive to narration but omg it's a long time since I've had a book with narration this awful. It's not the voice, not the breathing... it's characterisation. Once the narrator steps out of his normal voice which is fine to listen to and tries to "speak" as characters the loud booming voice, the awful accents it just goes downhill really fast into for me an irritating, frustrating experience where I couldn't decide if the story was even worth listening too. Seriously...if you can't voice act don't try.

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  • Jill
  • 23-11-2020

Ray Patterson book 1

I read the kindle version of this book when it was first published and I was very excited when the audio version was released. Having voices put to these wonderful unique characters was a wonderful experience. The narrator is a really good fit. As far as tick lists go this ticked every one of my requirements and some I didn't know I had. Ray Paterson is a rich ladies man who is fast tracking up the career ladder. His life is a car crash. They say money can't buy you happiness, well it seems to be buying Ray a whole lot of trouble and heartache. Some members of the team doubt his ability to be SIO of such a sadistic murder case which adds a new dimension to the story. The team is made up of some very unique characters some I like and some I don't but what I do like is the way the author has developed the characters so that they grow on the reader. I particularly like Clocks behind the clown exterior lies a very perceptive detective and this comes across perfectly. Jordan is the loveable one. The team comprises a very healthy mix of different personalities that MAKE the story. I am really looking forward to the next book.

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  • reader
  • 08-10-2020

Their Last Words

Bit slow in parts but overall good story line, wasn't over keen on the narration dialect interpretation.

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  • lesley Burling
  • 07-10-2020

fair story narration could be better

the story was a little over gory imo. i didnt really enjoy the character voices - they all sounded like uneducated thugs, esp patterson. east end or east of england voices usually are a little less broad.

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  • Clair
  • 29-09-2020

ok

This was my 1st book in this series and I probably won't download anymore. I come from London and found the accents a bit too much and not very believable characters

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  • Richard
  • 03-09-2020

Gripping and ultra-realistic

I enjoyed the printed books and I’m enjoying the audio books. Actually hearing the characters come to life is gripping; I’ve seen some reviewers who complain that the language is harsh or offensive, well I’m sorry: that’s life. That is how people speak. This is a gritty, gnarly crime thriller and that promise is delivered from Chapter 1 through the Last Words. The narrator doesn’t do some of the characters justice at all, but maybe that’s just me.

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