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Book 3 from the Inspector Stark series.
One Oblique One by Keith Wright
A novel from the Inspector Stark series.
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It is the summer of 1987.
It is three years away from the world-wide web being inaugurated. It is ten years before the first accessible mobile phone, and a whole twenty years before the first iPhone is launched. 'It's a Sin' by the Pet Shop Boys is number one in the charts, available on cassette and vinyl. The sun is rising on political correctness; news of this has yet to reach the detectives of Nottingham C.I.D. Racist words are still used without challenge. AIDs is rife. Hugging is for hippies, and the author of this book has recently been appointed a Detective in the C.I.D. Of course, some things were the same as today; people still get bludgeoned to death in their own homes. Same as it ever was. You just can't tweet about it yet.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team of detectives investigate the brutal murder of the Marriott family, discovered in their own homes. The murderer? It could be foppish Charles Lyon, wealthy but pathetic sugar daddy, or Winston Kelly, notorious Rastafarian drug-dealer with psychotic tendencies, or the burglar, who is seen at the location at the time of the offence, or... or... Stark and his team wrestle with getting to the truth, which remains just outside of their grasp, until they obtain a clue from an unlikely source, but by then, it is too late...
The author, a former real-life detective, re-visits his critically-acclaimed, gritty debut, with new scenes and new characters. A real 'page-turner' for fans of crime novels and thrillers, or those merely intrigued enough to explore the depths to which humanity can sink.
Read the first three chapters for free here, or find the entire novel on Amazon Paperback or Kindle.
Reviews of One Oblique One:
'A most promising debut.' Marcel Berlins, The Times.
'It's a good yarn with a very well-crafted plot.' Jill Iliff, Sunday Express.
'A very interesting cast of well-observed characters, many of them pleasingly quirky, and depicts them with unsentimental compassion. I look forward to reading his next book.' James Melville, Hampstead and Highgate Express.
‘The writing is very reminiscent of Raymond Chandler. Wright pulls no punches. If you love a good mystery, Noir, or a gritty detective novel, then you, like me, should love this.’ - The Book Dragon’ (Awarded 5 flames) Aug 2019
‘This book (One Oblique One) is part of the Inspector Stark series. Aside from being mindful that some scenes will feel very real, I can only recommend that you explore this author’s work. The pace is good, the plot is realistically layered, procedure is followed, the motive as we discover later on is very probable, and the characters grow on you as you read. Highly recommended reading!’ - Alice De Sturler. USA. 2019. Defrostingcoldcases.com
Trace and Eliminate by Keith Wright
The internet is yet to be born and the iphone is over twenty years from its inception. A packet of cigarettes costs £1.60 and a loaf of bread is 40p. Margaret Thatcher has just won a record third term as Prime Minister and ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Rick Astley is number 1 in the Charts.
Some things don’t change however; greed, love, jealousy, and a knife sliding through a carotid artery tend to have the same impact on people’s lives as they ever did.
In the second of The Inspector Stark series, DI Stark and his team battle to solve a murder which appears to be without motive. DI Stark also battles with his anxiety; DC Charlie Carter battles his haemorrhoids and DPW Steph Dawson battles with her Sergeants advances.
An up and coming solicitor lies on a mortuary slab. He is a hard-working family man who appears to have everything. Who could possibly want to kill him? The ruthless and savage killer, who knows precisely why; remains at large.
Detective Inspector Stark and the team have scarcely begun their investigation when a second death occurs: another horrific and motiveless murder, or so it seems. Are the two linked in some way? Are more going to die? How can they be stopped? A group of suspects emerge, one is the killer, and one the next to die.
Stark’s investigation eventually lays bare a sinister sequence of events, a motive where the past returns to haunt the present – a roller coaster ride of hate, fuelled by revenge.
Stark stages a most original eavesdrop on a solemn occasion, and the police net closes in on an unexpected killer.
Trace and Eliminate ‘combines the virtues of an insider’s knowledge with the dramatic power of a true storyteller’.
'Wright, a serving copper, dishes up authentic station culture, vocabulary and procedure... He plots and paces well,and the climax is a genuine shock. A commendable follow-up to his impressive debut.' Marcel Berlins, The Times.
Addressed to Kill
'Wright's forte is police station atmosphere, chaff, routine, personality clashes, sententiousness... a highly competent performance.' William Weaver, Financial Times.
'Its background is grittily realistic. The plot is first-class, it's villains only too real and the action fast.' John Theobold, Western Morning News.
‘Chilling authenticity and suspense.’ Mystery and Thriller Guild.
‘The newest instalment in the Inspector Stark novels features a chilling Christmas mystery, as Keith Wright delivers another thrilling instalment in this incredible series...that will engage and thrill crime fiction fans. For those who love reading creepy, dark novels full of suspense, this is the book for you this winter. I was incredibly impressed by Addressed To Kill. It is an eye-opening and gripping tale that you’ll want to revisit time and time again.’ Hannah Stevenson, Dorset Book Detective. 2019
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