Release Date: 01/02/13
Six women. Six abductions. Six souls in peril...London is in the grip of a barbaric serial killer, dubbed Herod by the tabloid press. Four pregnant women have been abducted in quick succession, their bodies mutilated and dumped. When a fifth pregnant woman, Julia Caton, is taken from her home in the dead of night, DCI David Rosen knows that time is running out to save her...Then Rosen gets a mysterious phone call from Father Sebastian Flint, an enigmatic priest who seems to know rather too much about the abductions. When it emerges that Father Flint was once the Vatican's leading expert on the occult, the investigation takes an increasingly disturbing turn. But it isn't until Rosen discovers the existence of an ancient text - said to be the devil's answer to the bible - that the true horror of Herod's plan begins to unfold. Rosen is drawn inexorably to the killer's lair, where he will discover a terrible truth - that Herod's retribution is absolute, and that there are far worse things than death...
I love a debut from a new author as it’s a giant leap into the unknown and perhaps no genre is better suited to that fearful leap than crime. What Mark Roberts presents to the reader is a story of murder, intrigue and of course the hunting of a sadistic killer named Herod by the tabloids.
Whilst not a novel that is a blockbuster it is a solid enough book among the many and when you take into consideration that it’s a debut you really have to make note of this as an author tends to get better with each successive release. All in if you want a reasonable paced Crime Thriller, with solid prose alongside some sleight of hand thrown in then you may well enjoy this book.