Rage and Retribution
Can two wrongs ever make a right?
A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked.
It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they’re released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak.
A councillor is accused of fraud.
Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he’s publicly accused of stealing the youth centre’s funds – an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself?
Two cases. One deadly answer.
As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers. And, when torture escalates to murder, he suddenly finds himself in a race against time to find the killer and put an end to the depravity – once and for all.
Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.
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The long-awaited fourth book in the DI Sterling series is here, and much like its predecessors it’s gritty, dark and unsettling. Which is exactly what this author excels at delivering.
OMG! That opening scene … brutal is an understatement.
Someone is torturing men and leaving their massacred, yet still alive bodies at the scene of their supposed crimes. This vigilante believes he is giving rapists a taste of their own medicine … but he is doing so much more. His latest victim is in a coma and awaiting identification. The attending doctor informs the police that the victim’s injuries are similar to another case he saw some months ago. He warns the police that the man concerned was so traumatised that he feared speaking out would lead to a further assault. Getting answers is not going to be easy.
Meanwhile, DI Sterling is thrilled to be at the opening of the community youth centre, a project close to his heart. The curtains open to reveal the commemorative plaque vandalised; the message scrawled in red lipstick suggests a prominent local councillor has been embezzling the centre’s funds. The opening is attended by the media who instantly see a story. Sterling has no option but to start an investigation. Linking the councillor to a new private members’ club suggests the police should scrutinise the goings-on there, but doing so is easier said than done since the club owner has friends (or rather clients) in very high places.
This story is much darker than the crime fiction I usually read, but it is balanced with insights into Sterling’s private and family life, as well as the obstacles he faces in getting his superiors to allow the investigation to run its course with all the thoroughness that is required.
Suspense and tension run side by side with personal matters. It’s no wonder Sterling has a headache! The ending adds the final twist in this thrilling, graphic, and compelling read.