Engrossing, captivating, gritty: I highly recommend Open Grave- a heck of a debut novel by A.M. Peacock!
This fab thriller will have you glued to your seat – with DCI Jack Lambert we stumble in the dark trying to find the killer & their motive – to prevent the next murder(s). With Lambert, we fail…
DCI Jack Lambert #1
A man being tortured. He knows he won’t survive. All he wants is to protect his ‘Suzy.’ An open grave. Two bodies inside. One male, one female. The crazy thing is, they were deliberately dug op. Exposed for the world to see. For the Police and DCI Jack Lambert to find. A methodical killer. One with a mission…
Between his superior, Detective Superintendent Edwards, and the nail-in -his-coffin, reporter David Robson, Lambert barely has time to investigate the first findings. Already, Robson has a lead. Does he have a mole in the police station? Lambert trusts his detectives, be it for his DI, Jane Russell, who is keen (too keen) to make promotion, but still, there is this gnawing feeling that Robson knows too much.
With a pathologist who hates his guts due to their former relationship ending because of Lambert’s coming out of the closet, a not-too-keen-nor-forgiving public due to a previous case of a serial killer that he, in the eyes of many, screwed up, Lambert knows it is only a matter of time before the whole of Newcastle will be all over him.
As if he’s not enough on his plate, another body is found and a celebrity is being stalked …. combined with the open grave murders, Lambert and his team are in over their heads without any clue whatsoever as to the motive. Will they find the killer before the body count rises? Only time will tell…
Wow! What a fantastic detective thriller! I cannot believe this is the author’s debut novel because boy oh boy, it ticks all the boxes. A serial killer, lack of motive, tension and estranged relations both professionally and personally, an old-fashioned Superintendent whose way of conversation is shouting accusations, and a protagonist tortured by inner demons, bound together in this gritty thriller.
The author has created a highly believable cast of characters which had me even sympathising Superintendent Edwards. Even if he’s a bit of a bully, he’s not having a good time and that is nicely put. I admired Lambert for his patience towards his DI, Russell, who is too keen and too eager to be liked. At least, not by me!
Well-written, engaging, and not for the faint-hearted: Open Grave, set against the darker side of Newcastle, is a thriller I highly recommend and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
About the Author
A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.
Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.
A.M. Peacock is passionate about crime fiction and his debut novel, Open Grave, is the first in what he hopes will become a series of DCI Jack Lambert books.
Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.
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Open Grave is available at Amazon
|Publisher||Bloodhound Books (11 Sept. 2018)|