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Patrick Lennon grew up in Cambridge and has lived in Thailand, Italy, France and Mexico. Today he splits his time between his young family, his writing and running his own business.
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A terrific read, I loved this one. A tale of many twists and turns, a mix of politics and historical pageantry and a portrayal of resentment and revenge. In the supposedly quiet villages of the fens a feud has been raging for twenty years between the descendants of the Saxons and the Norman invaders. The former now disadvantaged, the latter affluent but corrupt. Into this conflict comes a young Russian out to avenge the death of his father, also twenty years ago. The whole thing becomes a particularly taxing problem for DI Tom Fletcher, a great character in the start of what should turn out to be a splendid series. Highly recommended.Similar this month: Tami Hoag.Comparison: Robert Goddard, Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben.
Afghanistan. Every year, an assignment for thousands of British personnel. Some of them bring back more than memories. TV producer Dan Simmons wants to film it all. He finds a regiment about to be deployed to the Afghan war on a radical anti-heroin operation. He gets himself embedded. He shoots some film. Then he shoots himself. The Ministry of Defence spin machine goes into motion and puts Military Police captain Stef Maguire under pressure to file it all away. But Maguire has heard the TV man's dying words and they lead her to someone called Tom Fletcher. Ex-cop, ex-PI, now Fletcher is living the perfect life in a house in the country. A very isolated house. Fletcher doesn't know why the TV man shot himself. But some very dangerous people think otherwise. And when they begin to threaten Fletcher's family, it's time for him to act.
Tom Fletcher has left the police force, and its cold outside. Working as a private investigator in Cambridge, Tom is dragged back into his own troubled family history by an enigmatic message from his missing father. Somehow, he seems to be connected to the disappearance and murder of a young physics student, who was working in a hostess bar. As a massive storm tracks across Europe and begins to batter the low-lying fen country, so Toms inquiries begin to spiral into ever deeper and darker conspiracies. How is a high-tech American company involved in an officially-suppressed story from the Second World War? Where is the long-disused USAF base that seems to be the key to a centuries-old mystery, and who were the haunting, haunted sisters who played such a part in a drama that is still reaching out to claim Tom Fletcher?
It begins for Tom Fletcher with what looks like a very bloody accident in a farm machinery showroom, and reaches back into the past - his own and that of the local police force - before slamming into the present with all the force of the most up-to-date criminal power in the world. Crackling with secrets and surprises, packed with haunting landscapes and haunted characters, freighted with the hot, thundery atmosphere of a Cambridge summer and the inevitable paying-out of past betrayals, CORN DOLLS marks the arrival of a major new crime talent.
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