In a derelict squat, the Smart Man watches as the new narcotic developed by his shadowy organisation wreaks havoc on it, unsuspecting victims. The drug is now ready for sale on their exclusive darknet marketplace.
Elsewhere, DCI Robert Smith, the retired head of the Cyber Crimes Unit, seeks out crime boss Curtis Slater at his remote farm. He offers to provide Slater with information in exchange for money. But what information is he offering?
Meanwhile, former detective Pete Harris had started a new life, away from the Cyber Crimes Unit, with his daughter and begins to rekindle his relationship with old colleague Grace Brooks.
With his life seemingly complete, Pete’s world comes crashing down as he is drawn into Slater’s game with fatal consequences. He must join forces with his old enemies in a race against time. But can Pete save his daughter and Grace from the clutches of Slater, the Smart Man, and the sinister ring master, the Professor?
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The Edge of Sanity by Chris Thomas This book is described as “a dark psychological thriller.” It is not. It’s more like a science fiction/cyber punk novel. There are fans of this book and author out there, so let me make this clear. This review is merely one person’s opinions. It was not my cup of tea. Indeed, about one third through I nearly gave up on it. I must admit I continued because I was intrigued as to how it would end. I did not like the book at all. The characters were implausible and unlikeable with the one exception of Pete, the former Cyber Crime Unit detective. The plot was implausible as were many of the Majestic Road scenes. The Professor and the Smart Man characters reminded me of some of the “joker” scenes in Batman movies. They were a joke. As was the tough-guy drug dealer, Slater. Maybe it’s me? I do like thrillers/crime fiction to have a grounding in reality. Stretch credulity once or twice is okay, but please do not stretch it to breaking point as did this author with this plot. I also didn’t like much of the writing. For example, “not-so-gentle,” is a sloppy, lazy way to describe a violent act. There were many other examples and this habit of writing dialogue as, “I.Did.Not.Like.It,” is so annoying. If the “owner” of that dialogue is emphasising something, then use your writing skills to inform the reader. The author references a book titled ‘Agrippa’ in this book. He is clearly influenced by the “weird and wonderful.” He also seems to be heavily influenced by Reddit judging by the number of references to Reddit and sub-Reddits. That may be a good thing for some readers but not this one. In many ways, this book is a “geeky” read. Who knows? It could become a cult book? I still wouldn’t like it. Not for me, sorry.
In The Edge of Sanity we return to the dark net. The Smart Man and Professor has created a new drug and are testing it out on the dark net to get people interested. But buyers have to pass a series of puzzles to be able to get to the drug. Then you have Pete Harris. He has retired and living with his daughter and working on a relationship with Grace Brooks. That is until he is drug back to the dark web when Olivia and Grace are kidnapped and he has to play the game to get them back. This is a dark and twisted ride into the darker corners of human behavior based on real life. Although the story is about drugs being created and sold to cartels it also involves the evils committed on the dark web. There are some dark and brutal things you will find here but if that is what you are looking for you have come to the right place. Along with the drugs we find Peter has returned and how he has to jump back into the dark web to save his own daughter and girlfriend. I’m sad to see him back but if anyone has to tackle those in the dark web he has the experience. This is a great continuation of Enter the Dark. You can read The Edge of Sanity as a standalone book but you will get more buy reading both books. I loved The Edge of Sanity as much as I did Enter the Dark. If you like your thrillers dark and bloody you need to check these books out. Now I can’t wait to see what Chris Thomas is going to come up with next. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.