Stalkers by Paul Finch | Crime/Thriller

By Bryan Roche - Crime Scene Reviewer

About the Book

Detective Sergeant Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenberg is investigating the disappearance of 38 women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace. Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck’s help. Together they enter a seedy underworld of gangsters and organised crime. But when they hear rumours about the so-called ‘Nice Guys Club’ they hit a brick wall. They’re the gang that no one will talk about. Because the Nice Guys can arrange anything you want. Provided you pay the price…

Review of Stalkers

From the moment I opened this book to the moment I closed it I was hooked. Desperation, sex, the good, the bad and the very ugly all are introduced to seduce you into the arms of a great read. Stalkers is a fast paced novel and I was swept along with the main characters Detective Sergeant Mark “Heck” Hekenberg and Lauren Wraxford as they cut a path of destruction through Greater Manchester and London trying to solve the mystery of 38 missing women. Heck is burnt out detective trying to solve a 2 year old case with no real evidence clues or leads. Slowly he has his resources, staff and the case pulled away from him but, like a good detective he decides to continue his investigation on his own terms, jumping between been a tough as nails cop and a proficient criminal. With his conscience hanging around his neck, a career criminal giving him a deadline and a desire to stick it to his unappreciative senior, Heck joins forces with a victim’s sister to try and bring some long awaited justice to the almost forgotten casualties.

This book is brilliantly descriptive and really brings the broken down projects and seedy underbelly to life. His action packed scenes bleed violence and detail and push the protagonists to their limits while his introduction of each of their backgrounds and drive are laced seamlessly into conversations and narration. Finch also has a twisted sense of humour which he lathers across the book in smug one liners and in the way he dispatches his characters. There were a couple of times where the book would dip but after a couple of paragraphs the tension would again ratchet back up. I also found Lauren becomes almost helpless at times before she remembers she is an ex-soldier and kicks back into the violence. Despite these very minor shortcomings, I didn’t want to put this book down until the end and loved the way Finch has left the door open for Heck to come charging like a bull into the next installment.

About the Author
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children’s animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields. To date, he’s had 15 books and nearly 300 stories published, and is a two-times winner of the British Fantasy Award and a one-time winner of the International Horror Guild Award. Paul has also written scripts for several movies. The most recent, The Devil’s Rock, was released to the cinemas last July. Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at:

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