Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend’s death is revenged.
DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George’s home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George’s killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.
This is a multi-layered story that kept me interested until the end.
When the book began I had not read the previous novel which meant at times I was confused as to what had happened before. If I had read “Hunter’s Chase” would I have known who the victim was at the beginning of the novel?
I liked the two characters of Dc Tim Myerscough and DI Hunter Wilson.
I liked Tim because he was still being a police officer and working in the same area where his dad the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough had been sent down. In the story, you could also tell how much Tim cared for people the way he was willing to splash cash around if it helped others. For example, putting money behind the bar at the wedding and offering to pay for extra police officers to watch over Jamie and his kids. In a way, it felt like at times he was trying to make amends for what his dad had done wrong.
The other characters were all well thought out and likeable. Though at times I felt confused as to who was who due to the use of nicknames. They all seem to be in a relationship with each other as well which also added to the confusion. At times it felt like if the character was single take Tim, for example, he had to end up with someone in the story. DI Hunter was even in a relationship with someone in the pathology department which also confused me due to the way he spoke about his family at the beginning of the novel. I guess I automatically assumed he was still with his wife. Which added to the confusion of why was he suddenly in bed with a colleague.
There is a same-sex relationship in this novel, and I liked how the author didn’t go out of her way to show this, they were just written about exactly the same as the other character’s. They were just your normal everyday character’s who happened to be getting married.
This isn’t a fast-paced crime novel which I am used to, you get to learn about all the character’s and you are part of almost every police interview that’s in the novel. There was no skating over that such and such interviewed someone and this was the result. Though at times I did find this frustrating! I kind of felt that was probably due to the types of novels I am used to.
The be all and end all is that I REALLY liked the novel and enjoyed the story and will be certainly looking out for more from this author in the future.
Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University.
She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published on 09.09.2018.