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The new Detective Superintendent Henry Christie novel - When Detective Superintendent Henry Christie takes on the case of a brutal murder of a seemingly innocent old man, the investigation brings him into touch with old friend and FBI agent Karl Donaldson, who is trying to track down a hit man believed to have entered the UK illegally. It’s obvious the two cases are connected, but it soon becomes clear there’s more to the old man’s murder than simple underworld retribution . . ....
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Overview

The new Detective Superintendent Henry Christie novel - When Detective Superintendent Henry Christie takes on the case of a brutal murder of a seemingly innocent old man, the investigation brings him into touch with old friend and FBI agent Karl Donaldson, who is trying to track down a hit man believed to have entered the UK illegally. It’s obvious the two cases are connected, but it soon becomes clear there’s more to the old man’s murder than simple underworld retribution . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A number of implausibilities, including the failure of the bad guys to finish people off when they have the chance, undercut Oldham's 15th police procedural featuring Det. Supt. Henry Christie (after 2010's Seizure). When two teenage boys on a mugging spree go after an old man in a Blackpool street, their intended victim eludes them, only to be run over multiple times by a car and then shot dead by one of the car's occupants. The boys flee, fearing the gun man will get them, too. The authorities eventually identify the dead man as an Italian gangster. Christie, who was looking forward to a holiday in Venice with his wife, instead stays home to investigate. That Christie takes advantage of his wife's absence to pursue an attractive female coroner may not endear him to some readers. Others may find the revelation of those behind the gangster's killing and their motive too over-the-top. (Feb.)
Booklist
“Fastpaced action, gripping suspense, and a keep-’em-guessing plot will edge Oldham closer to the wide-spread recognition he deserves"
Library Journal
Henry Christie (Seizure) must set aside his plans for a romantic getaway with his wife to work on several murders, which occur in one night in Blackpool. Oldham embeds many surprises in his complex story. VERDICT There is nothing soft about Christie or his approach to crime solving. He will appeal to readers of Quintin Jardine and other authors of British police procedurals.
Kirkus Reviews

Why did the head of a Naples Mafia family wind up dead on a Blackpool street?

The Volvo runs over the old man, then backs up and runs over him again. Then a man gets out of the car and pumps two bullets in the victim's head for good measure. Mark and Rory, teenage thugs who'd just committed three muggings and tried to make the old man their fourth before he brandished his walking stick and chased them off, watch in stunned silence, then turn to run when the shooter aims at them. Rory goes down and Mark takes off, setting in motion a cat-and-mouse chase. Who'll find Mark first, the killer or DS Henry Christie of the Lancashire Constabulary's Force Major Investigation Team? FBI agent Karl Donaldson gets involved when the car victim turns out to have ordered a hit three years ago that not only eliminated rival Mafiosi but dispatched an undercover FBI plant as well. Torture prevails as the killer stays a step ahead of the good guys until Donaldson realizes there's more treachery at play here than the usual crime-family vendettas.

Oldham (Seizure, 2010, etc.) can out-plot and out-grisly most of his hard-boiled brethren, and he proves a dab hand with the intricacies of male sexual proclivities. He could, however, use a brush-up tutorial in American slang.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780101880
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: A Henry Christie Mystery , #15
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,323,742
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.02 (d)
  • File size: 437 KB

Meet the Author

Nick Oldham was born in Belthorn, Lancashire, in 1956. He was a police officer from the age of nineteen, spending the majority of his service in operational roles, before retiring in 2005. He lives with his partner, Belinda, on the outskirts of Preston.

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