Blood Money brings justice for George Elms
by CHARLIE GALLAGHER
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 03 Apr 2017
Readers of Bodily Harm and Panic Button will be pleased by the developments that occur in Charlie Gallagher’s newest novel Blood Money. (This series is one you must read in order). At its start, George Elms is in custody having confessed to the brutal murder of a number of officers, despite his innocence. He is more in the periphery of Blood Money. One thing that very much impressed me was how well Charlie Gallagher captures the effect of individual actions and their repercussions. Tony Robson only wants to earn the money necessary to pay for his son’s medical expenses. He agrees to be a courier. Tony is expendable, but when the kindness of a police officer who sees a mirror of his own tragedy (his daughter is a junkie) means Tony gets off, the action has wide ranging repercussions for Langthorne, the police and the criminal element.
Blood Money is a thrilling novel. It is nice to finally see George Elms have a bit of justice and to see some of the corruption ousted. There is a lot more violence in these novels than you commonly see in British police procedurals. It also is very different in that you know who the criminals are from the very beginning. That being said, I did wonder how a cocaine addict could plan/fulfill the murder of multiple officers, leave ample evidence (he brags about it) and go unidentified. Wouldn’t the dna match with that of his brother who died in prison, at least enough to show familial relationship? What I can say is if you are thinking about a novel after the last page is turned, the author has done his job well. These novels are not for everyone, but they are a unique read written from the perspective of one who knows the ins and outs of policing.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Blood Money from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
What would you do to save your dying son? Imagine the doctors told you there was a cure, but only if you had the money. What would you do to get that money to save your son’s life?
Tony Robson faces this choice when he’s told he needs £3000 per month to carry on the life-saving experimental treatment for his son’s rare disease.
So Tony gets in touch with the criminal element in town. And they have a well-paying job for him . . .
And that decision will blow up everything for the Langthorne Police.
One of the tensest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year. Full of twists and turns, you won’t want to put this down until the shocking conclusion
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.