Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Creatures of Dust by Scott Hunter

Creatures of Dust
By Scott Hunter
Publisher: Myrtle Villa  Publishing
Publishing Date: May 12, 2013
ISBN: 9780956151094

Amazon Synopsis:

An undercover detective goes missing and the body of a young man is found mutilated in a shop doorway. Is there a connection? Returning to work after a short convalescence, DCI Brendan Moran's suspicions are aroused when a senior officer insists on freezing Moran out and handling the investigation himself.

A second murder convinces Moran that a serial killer is on the loose but with only a few days to prove his point the disgruntled DCI can't afford to waste time. 

As temperatures hit the high twenties, tempers fray, and the investigation founders, 

Moran finds himself coming back to the same question again and again: can he still trust his own judgement, or is he leading his team up a blind alley?

Creatures of Dust is a taut police procedural set in the gritty atmosphere of a modern English town that will keep you on the edge of your seat as DCI Moran confronts not only his own fears and insecurities, but also the menacing, murderous presence known as 'The Kafir' ...

My Thoughts:

Creatures of Dust is the sequel to Black December, but the author says it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I think I would have liked to have read Black December first so that I would have known what had happened to DCI Moran and DS Gregory Neads. The incident at Charnford Abbey (from Black December) directly affects both of these characters way of thinking in this novel. However, that said, Hunter does a good job of providing enough information about the past that reading Black December is not necessary in order to enjoy this novel.

DCI Moran is in charge of a unit of police officers investigating two deaths that occur at the beginning of the book. In his personal life he is dealing with the recent death of his brother and his girlfriend. He is also coping with the aftermath of the injuries he received during the Charnford Abbey incident. He had been in a near-fatal car crash, had bout of narcolepsy, a mild stroke and then survived and explosion. On top of that, he is feeling guilty about the torture that DS Neads endured because he hadn’t paired him with a more seasoned officer. It’s no wonder that he is having difficulty trusting his judgement.

One of the two deaths appears to be an unprovoked attack on a young Asian man. The second murder is of a female police officer that had been working undercover under Superintendent Alan Sheldrake. Sheldrake wants Moran off both murder investigations as the murdered officer was part of his unit Asian man was the dealer his officer was meeting. Moran doesn’t think so and so he intends to investigate.

Then, another murder, same MO as the Asian man, but this man is well-dressed, and carries a security card from a local business. How are these murders related?

This was a fast-paced novel with a number of interesting plot twists. It held my attention throughout and I was surprised at the end when I found out who the killer was.

There was also a romance beginning to bud between DCI Moran and Shona Kempster, but no X-rated scenes. The language was mostly clean throughout the novel. This was most appreciated.

I liked the character development throughout the novel. It was interesting to see Moran analyzing himself and whether he had made good command decisions. DCI Moran is a troubled man who is trying to do his best.

This novel was an excellent read. I gave it 4 stars.

Thank you to the author, Scott Hunter, who provided me with a free copy of his book in exchange for my fair and honest review. A free product does not influence my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Scott Hunter was born in Romford, Essex in 1956. He now lives in Berkshire with his wife, two youngest children and Archie, his Cocker Spaniel. He is a committed Christian (Scott, not Archie) and is actively involved in his local church in Reading.

Scott is a writer of Crime, Historical and Children’s novels. He won first prize in the Sunday Express Short Story Competition for his historical entry set during the English Civil War, and was long listed for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Novel Competition for “The Ley Lines of Lushbury”.

Scott divides his time between writing, IT contract work and drumming with the Steve Summers Band.

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Other books by Scott Hunter:

Rattle and Drum
The Serpent and the Slave
Lines of Lushbury
Black December

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1 comment :

  1. Well thank you very much, Kathryn - so glad you enjoyed it!