Burned and Broken: A gripping detective mystery you won't be able to put down - Pearson and Russell (Hardback)Mark Hardie (author)
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An enigmatic policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.
A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they're under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation.
When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?
Mark Hardie's stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 624 g
Dimensions: 240 x 157 x 41 mm
Auspicious debut . . . finely drawn, overlapping story * Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail *
Emotional, intelligent, sensual & with such a strong voice, Burned & Broken by Mark Hardie is a crime debut that deserves huge success -- Harry Illingworth (@Harryillers) * Goldsboro Books *
A very strong debut by someone whom I believe is going to become a household name. You heard it here first! A great story-line, with very real characters . . . Mark has created a new police partnership, with his main characters DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell: one from the dark ages of the Met, the other from the wrong side of the tracks. The partnership works really well, as you begin to empathise with the other main characters, plus Donna and Malc, a couple that you aren't likely to forget in a hurry! Read it for yourself, and then tell me that I'm wrong! It does exactly as it says on the cover, 'Burned and Broken' * Sainsburys Entertainment, 5 stars *
Immensely impressive * The Times *
A feast of intrigue. * CHOICE magazine *
A cracker of a crime debut: Hardie's crime debut is a cracker with a cunningly twisted plot. * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *
In a crowded field Burned and Broken has a fresh feel, strong characters, emotions and a ring of truth about it. * Weekend Sport *
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