Good Morning or Afternoon depending on the time zone. Today’s tour stop is for an author who’s work I admire greatly, and have done since I reviewed Hell’s Gate (the book that has since been nominated for a CWA Dagger) and I am sincerely hoping for a win as it truly does deserves too. Anyways, moving on to Game Point.
You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.
Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.
Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.
About Game Point
DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences.
A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered.
Bennett’s team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence.
It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target.
Can Bennett solve the case before it’s too late? How many people will he lose in the process?
Well this was quite a read that I thoroughly enjoyed and Malcolm has exceeded himself, with a plot that blows you away. The attention to detail is superb – grim in places but superb.
The relationships of the characters are so real and very emotional and I truly gelled with them all and felt their pain.
The end was not as I expected but I cannot say anything more for fear of ruining it for those yet to read.
But read it you should…100%