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No Evil by Maynard Sims
Joffe Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date: January 18, 2016
I’ve been consistently impressed by the British Police Procedurals released by Joffe Books. No Evil is no different. It is an excellent procedural set in the late 50’s in a small English town. The novel is the first of a series featuring DCI Jack Callum, a detective who is not only smart and focused on his job, he is also a man who cares a great deal about his family. Being a good father and a good husband is as important to him as being good at his job. He is a compassionate and compelling lead.
No Evil is cleverly plotted. While the culprits are revealed early on to the readers, knowing only makes the situation more tense. As the reader watches, youths are abducted only to be discovered days later eyes and mouth sewn shut and ears filled with wax. It is a race against time, as the local team led by DCI Callum struggle to follow leads and prevent further murders. The investigation is hampered when a team of detectives is sent from London to take over the case.
Maynard Sims does an excellent job of creating memorable characters the reader can care for. Jack has a loving relationship with his wife and children, even when difficulties arise. His love for his family is part of what motivates him to seek justice.
No Evil is the first in a new series of police procedurals featuring DCI Jack Callum. I enjoyed this well written novel immensely and look forward to the next book in the series.
I received a copy of No Evil from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
A FAST-PACED DETECTIVE MYSTERY THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO DRAMATIC FINISH
A girl's body is found. Her eyes, ears, and mouth have been sewn shut DCI Jack Callum leads the investigation into this gruesome crime which shatters the peace of a sleepy 1950s English town. Images of three monkeys are sent to the police to taunt them: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Something very nasty is going on and more victims come to light. Who is doing this and why? DCI Callum looks like he’s closing in on the culprits, but then a team of detectives from London is brought in to take over the case.
In a breathtaking finale, Callum must race against time, and break his own rules, to save someone very close to him.
If you like Robert Galbraith, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer. Full of wonderful period detail and twists and turns
NO EVIL is the first in a new series of crime thrillers set in the 1950s, featuring DCI Jack Callum. He’s an ordinary policeman in an ordinary English town. The crimes he investigates are far from ordinary. Jack Callum has a keen mind and is passionate about his job and family. He doesn’t believe in capital punishment but has caught a few villains whose lives have come to an end on the gallows.