Sunday, 18 September 2011

CRIME REVIEW: Bale and Baker 2: Into Dust - Jonathan Lewis

Release Date: 15/09/11


The Minister for Defence is blown to smithereens in his car on a lonely road in the Brecon Beacons, where he has a weekend hideaway. DI Ned Bale is on the crime scene within seconds, but neither he nor forensics can work out how on earth the crime was committed, let alone who did it, or with what motive.

That is until one fingerprint is found on one tiny fragment of the explosive timing device. The fingerprint of Ned Bale's closest ally in the Force, dog handler Kate Baker. But how on earth could her fingerprint be on a terrorist's bomb. Far away on bomb disposal duty in Afghanistan, Kate has to be questioned.

But Kate herself has become involved with someone extremely plausible, attractive and dangerous. The mystery which unravels through this gripping thriller is completely unexpected.


Jonathan Lewis returns to the crime scene with the second Bale and Baker novel (the first being Into Darkeness.) What Lewis does well is present the reader with a couple of credible lead characters that they want to get to know as well as hang around. For me that’s key to any title.

Add to this some great prose, cracking pace as well as some top notch twists that keep you glued to the end and it was a story that I really enjoyed. I look forward to seeing what Jonathan comes up with next.

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