Mike Craven

Body Breaker

"..draws you in from the first line.."


Investigating a severed hand found on the third green of a Cumbrian golf course was not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke had planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secretive unit from London swoop in quoting national security, he's secretly pleased.

But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he's just been barred from.

In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of new age travellers, corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he's alienated his entire team, made a pact with the devil and been arrested under the terrorism act.

But Fluke is only getting started. A voice has called out to him from beyond the grave and he has no intention of ignoring it

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'Body Breaker' is a fantastic read which draws you in from the first line. Its narrative is written with such skill that I challenge any reader to deny its siren call. Avison Fluke is a genius at work and a fool at home as he constantly outwits departmental foes and criminals while being blind to what's happening in his personal life. His support cast are all well created but for me it's Bridie and Towler who stand out the most. Craven's plotting kept me guessing and I'm very unhappy to report that I was unable to guess the killer's identity before being “told”. With sumptuous prose, great characters and a labyrinthine plot, 'Body Breaker' has everything you need in a police thriller.

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