The Controller




From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose. 

It is six years since special agent Samuel Lynch left the FBI following the disappearance of his son, Daniel. Lynch believes an underground organisation known as The Railroad is responsible and has never stopped searching.

When Special Agent Sandra Rose investigates a house invasion gone wrong, she discovers the assailant has the legendary, and infamous, Railroad tattoo carved onto his back and he claims to know Daniel’s whereabouts.

Rose draws Lynch in to her case, and together they become embroiled in an unparalleled world of violence and evil.

It seems that to see his son again, Lynch will have to confront his greatest fear and face the ultimate test: an encounter with the Railroad’s enigmatic and deadly leader, The Controller.

My Thoughts:


I really enjoyed reading this book and at times find it hard to put it down. Though it was unnecessary long in places I think it was to demonstrate that this story isn’t action packed over a week its a long slog for everyone involved.

I like all the characters and though Rose’s use of sex made me wonder what her intentions were. The pain of Lynch and his ex-wife Sally were obvious and clear through-out the novel. But Lynch’s determination to find his son when all others had stopped caring made me wonder if I’d be the same?

What lies ahead for Lynch and Rose and is there a way back for Lynch and his ex-wife. I suspect the controller will feature in future books as Lynch now has a new focus. Serial killer- Esque maybe?

A good start to a new series that I hope to be able to read more of in the future.

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Published by Oblong Books in ebook format on 24th May 2019

matt brolly


Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.
He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers. The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 and a prequel, Dead Water, will be published in September 2019. In 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing).

The Controller, released in May 2019, is the first of a new thriller series set in Texas.

Matt also writes children’s books as M.J. Brolly. His first children’s book, The Sleeping Bug, was released by Oblong Books in December 2018.

Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children.

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