Guest Reviewer Netta on Dark City by Bill Carson

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 462 KB

Print Length: 168 pages

Publisher: Bill Carson Books; 1.1 edition (24 July 2015)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

Synopsis: Dark City is the fourth book in the Nick Harland detective series. In this one we follow him on his most perplexing and disturbing case to date, as he tracks down a serial killer from the past. 

The book begins with an elderly man being released from prison, after serving seventeen years for a double murder. A few days after his release a young woman is snatched from outside a London pub. 

The police seem to be dragging their heels, so the family of the missing girl call on the services of the tough, uncompromising ex murder squad detective, turned Private Investigator, Nick Harland. During his initial investigation another girl suddenly goes missing, he then gets a tip off that Charles Thorpe had just been released from prison. Nick knows the killer, as he was the detective who put him behind bars when he was a detective in the murder squad. And so the hunt is now on for Thorpe, and Nick will not rest until Thorpe is found, and he promises that Thorpe will pay the ultimate price for his crimes this time around. 

Netta's Rating: 3/5

Netta's Review: A naked woman has been found murdered with a bible passage nailed to her forehead. Private Investigator Nick Harland is called in to assist with the crime investigation. Unfortunately, he had been hired to find the missing woman who has turned up dead. It is suspected that the murderer is a man that Nick put behind bars 20 years ago but was recently released from prison. Before getting the chance to help the police with their investigation, he is called off and becomes persona non grata. Why? Something strange is definitely going on. Nick continues to investigate as he was hired by the murdered girls’ mother to find the killer. Then another girl is murdered and Nick discovers that there is pertinent information that has been kept out of the police reports.  

I found the story compelling as I suspected there was a cover up and I wanted to know who was behind the murders. Was it the ex-con? Who called Nick off the police investigation? Why is autopsy information being withheld?

Nick Harland is an old school, bourbon drinking, cigarette smoking, brass knuckles kind of guy.  He gets the job done and isn’t going to stop until the job is done. Dark City is a dark read. If you are looking for a story that wraps up nicely in the end, this is not the book for you. I enjoyed the book but was disappointed in the ending. I like closure and this book left me with some questions. This is book 4 in the series. Perhaps the questions will be answered in book 5? I have not read the earlier books so I can’t say if the story lines continue or not. 

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