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The Domino Killer by Neil White

The Domino Killer

by Neil White

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When lawyer Joe Parker is called out early one morning to see a client at the police station he is shocked to see the face of the man who killed his sister 17 years ago. Mark Procter was never caught and the only witness was Joe, now he has chance for revenge but as the days pass Joe realises that Mark knows exactly who Joe is. Meanwhile Joe's brother Sam is investigating a series of deaths that shouldn't be linked but suddenly are - how is Mark Proctor involved in these?

For the fist half go this book I was enjoying an above-average police procedural and then suddenly the plot really took off and this became one of the best in its genre that I have read all year. The story is very clever and but the plot doesn't seem to hold together, that's because there is a brilliant twist at the end which flips everything once more. The characters are quite lightly drawn but this is the third in a series, therefore much preparation will have been made in the earlier novels, however one does not need to have read the first two books - I hadn't. I particularly liked the Manchester setting and the contrasts between the modern and the old, and the haves and have-nots. This book is so much more than it seems. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
The Domino Killer – So Many Twists

The Domino Killer by Neil While is the third in the Parker Trilogy series based in Manchester, but this was my introduction to the Parker brothers. I can say that you do not need to have read the previous books as The Domino Killer is able to stand on its own as an exciting crime thriller with some wonderful twists. Neil White has written a very clever book that hooks you from the first page and you cannot help yourself as you cannot put this book down.

The Parker brothers work within the criminal justice system in Greater Manchester, Joe is a criminal defence lawyer with a stellar reputation and Sam is a detective in the Major Incident Team in Manchester which includes murder. Both work within the system as they want to find the answers to the unsolved murder of their younger sister Ellie some seventeen years previously and whether they can ever solve that mystery and set their own minds at ease for finally getting justice for her.

The book opens with a bloody murder in a park on the outskirts of Manchester which was quite brutal and Sam is trying to work out what happened and why. When a fingerprint of the victim turned up at a previous unconnected murder the domino effect begins to take place. With another murder in another part of Manchester nothing seems to make sense but only when murder has taken place do things start to fall in to place for Sam.

Joe is called out to a Police Station to represent a client who has been arrested for stealing and burning his own car but will not say why. When Joe meets his client Joe is sure he has seen this person before and is it really a coincident that he has requested him as his lawyer. Joe knows he needs to investigate himself further about this mysterious client he has and in the vain hope he can get some answers.

Joe’s client really is the bogey man and is at the heart of this thriller and how he acts is very calculated and enough to send a shiver down most spines. Throughout the thriller you look at his client and wonder how he can be so charming yet so evil and his complete disregard for his own wife.

As the thriller picks up pace you really think that things cannot get any worse for the Parker brothers as they chase the truth and the twisted central character seems to be able to get away with whatever he chooses. The clever thing about this thriller there are plenty of twists some of which you can see coming but others really surprise you.

The Domino Killer is an excellent crime thriller that can be read as a standalone book that delivers on all levels for the reader. With a really twisted character at the heart of the book and the relationship of the Parker brothers makes for a really pulsating read. Neil White’s writing is excellent at the way he is able to draw you in and leave you wanting more, hoping for the best but expecting the worse.

Read the The Domino Killer and immerse yourself in the lives of the Parker Brothers as they race to solve the case and end their own mystery of seventeen years. This really is a fantastic read that drives you mad because you cannot put the book down and leaves you wanting more. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Jul 29, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0751549517, Hardcover)

When a man is found beaten to death in a local Manchester park, Detective Constable Sam Parker is one of the investigating officers. Sam swiftly identifies the victim, but what at first looks like an open and shut case quickly starts to unravel when he realises that the victim's fingerprints were found on a knife at another crime scene, a month earlier. Meanwhile, Sam's brother, Joe - a criminal defence lawyer in the city - comes face to face with a man whose very presence sends shockwaves through his life. Joe must confront the demons of his past as he struggles to come to terms with the darkness that this man represents. Before long, Joe and Sam are in way over their heads, both sucked into a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to change their lives for ever...'Authenticity reeks from every page...hypnotic, troubling crime writing with a superb villain and a distinctive atmosphere.' Daily Mail on Next to Die

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