Neil White

The Domino Killer

""...sublime plotting, expert pacing and wonderfully atmospheric setting." "


When a man is found beaten to death in a local Manchester park, Detective Constable Sam Parker is one of the investigating officers. Sam swiftly identifies the victim, but what at first looks like an open and shut case quickly starts to unravel when he realises that the victim's fingerprints were found on a knife at another crime scene, a month earlier.

Meanwhile, Sam's brother, Joe - a criminal defence lawyer in the city - comes face to face with a man whose very presence sends shockwaves through his life. Joe must confront the demons of his past as he struggles to come to terms with the darkness that this man represents.

Before long, Joe and Sam are in way over their heads, both sucked into a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to change their lives for ever.

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I've always thought White's characterisation was his strongest suit, yet 'The Domino Killer' has challenged that particular theory with its sublime plotting, expert pacing and wonderfully atmospheric setting. Don't get me wrong, I'm talking about the tiniest of margins and his characterisation is still excellent, it's just that the other elements of his writing are now equally strong. Joe and Sam Parker's story and most importantly their back story make for a fantastic tale of revenge and retribution which White handles with an artisans eye for detail. The interplay and conflict between the brothers makes for great reading although you never dare anticipate what will happen next. The ending in particular totally blind-sided me and left me giving mental round of applause to both author and character. If you like your crime thrillers to be dark, gritty and utterly engrossing, read Neil White.

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