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Title: A Bad, Bad Thing
Author: Elena Forbes
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Publish Date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Crime & Detective
Series: Eve West #1
My Rating: 4/5
After a police operation ends in catastrophe, DCI Eve West is suspended. She faces expulsion from the force, until John Duran – a violent criminal Eve incarcerated, still serving his sentence – offers to help clear her name. But nothing comes without a price.
Duran wants Eve to help free a fellow prisoner, who he claims has been wrongly convicted of murder. But as her investigationtakes a dark turn, Eve finds that more than just her job is at stake, and realises Duran is a dangerous man to trust . . .
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Eve West is a police officer on suspension following a police operation gone wrong. While suspended, she is contacted by a criminal she once put away, who now wants her help in clearing fellow inmate Sean of his convicted crimes. Eve is skeptical, but decides to look into it because she is promised information that proves she was set up on her police assignment.
This story follows Eve, a suspended police officer, and Dan Cooper, an investigative journalist. Dan works with 4Justice and has been looking into the case of Sean Farrell, a man convicted of a crime who claims his innocence. Sean was convicted of murder, but the case had flaws and Dan believes it was mishandled. Eve joins Dan in looking into the past murder, and trying to find new information that could exonerate Sean. Both Eve and Dan follow leads and piece together the past crime. Eve has a personal stake in the case, since she is wanting to prove her own innocence, and believes she will get the proof she needs if she helps Sean.
An interesting story that had a lot going on. A Bad, Bad Thing does not hold back on graphic and disturbing crimes. While Eve and Dan investigate the old crime, new crimes are committed, including rape, torture, murder, and arson.
A Bad, Bad Thing is the first book in a new series about Eve West. I look forward to reading more about Eve. A good read for fans of British crime fiction. Clever, compelling, and complex.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Books in the Eve West series:
- A Bad, Bad Thing