Today I am reviewing Running Dead by Ross Crothers.
Blurb: A GRISLY DISCOVERY
Two men are murdered – gangland style – in an exclusive London hotel. Their connection? They were responsible for the conviction of a conman and fraudster, ten years earlier. Ash Todd of the Australian Federal Police, prosecuted that case with Scotland Yard. Now The Yard has called him in again …urgently.
RISING SENSE OF BETRAYAL
The search for the killer propels Todd from London to the Riviera, to New York and the Cayman Islands. People are terrified to talk. Something, or someone, has them gripped with fear. In every city his life is threatened. Someone seemingly knows his every move, before he makes it. Someone is betraying his trust. Worse, on the cusp of a breakthrough and when he needs them most, The Yard seemingly withdraws support – which leaves him hanging. Did they really want the case solved – or were they just Running Dead?
SERIES OF GUT-WRENCHING TWISTS
Alone, feeling increasingly isolated in strange surroundings, he can rely on no-one but himself. With a mounting death toll, and twists in the end that leave him emotionally distraught, Todd discovers some vital truths – to the murders; to the ten-year-old fraud case, and ultimately who had betrayed him on his hunt.
My Review: This was a fairly decent detective whodunit. I liked the twist of the Australian Federal Marshall. The blurb was a little more interesting than the book actually. I found the characters a little flat. The villain just did not inspire the fear in me that should have come across. Also for someone so experienced Ash seemed a little clueless. The editing was good and the continuity was right on. This gets a 3 star.