Title: The Hunt For Dingo by PJ Nash.
Publisher: Bloodhound Books.
Date Published: 7th March 2018
A fast paced serial killer thriller.
In the arid expanses of Australia’s red deserts, a killer is preying on British female backpackers. Dubbed ‘The Dingo’ by the media, he stalks his prey then disappears without a trace.
In a bid to catch the man responsible, the local police call on the talents of Melbourne’s finest, ex British cop, Lawrence James and leading criminal psychologist Jesse Sandersen.
Meanwhile, James has unfinished business with Melbourne crime kingpin, Cyrus Bain, a gangster who will do whatever it takes to stay out of jail.
When another young girl disappears, it is a race against time to catch the killer.
Can James bring The Dingo to justice?
Will he escape with his life intact?
In their hunt for the murderer, James and Sandersen unearth some disturbing secrets that many would rather remain buried.
Today I’m one of the bloggers closing out the blog blitz for The Hunt For Dingo by PJ Nash. I want to thank Bloodhound books for my advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.
It’s been five years since the Dingo has been active but suddenly the body of young British tourist is found and the case hots up again. Lawrence James and Jesse Sandersen are called in to help with the case.
Jesse Sandersen is top of her field in psychology but is seen by a lot of law enforcement as trying to explain away bad guys behaviour by blaming their childhood etc, which doesn’t make her popular. She is forced to team up with Lawrence James, a misplaced British policeman. He had to leave Britain after a case went bad, he ended up in Australia and comes across Cyrus Bain, a nasty piece of work, who after almost killing Lawrence puts a bounty on his head. He deals with all that and has to find a sadistic murderer like the Dingo.
This book is full to the brim with action. There’s plane crashes, explosions, kidnapping and murder all crammed into this story. It has short chapters and an easy writing style that makes it a quick read.
I love the fact it was set in Australia, which is rapidly becoming my second favourite setting outside the UK. It had a nice use of Aussie lingo and the it’s set against the backdrop of the outback, which too me seems like a scary and desolate place and I feel is really captured within the pages of this book.
If I had some critique it would be at times it felt a little rushed, and there were a few too many viewpoints for my taste. Also I felt there were a couple of small plot holes but then again there was so much going on in the story, I may have missed a few details.
I hope in the next book there is a bit more from Sandersen’s perspective as she intrigues me as a character.
Overall an action packed read and a good start to a series.
P.J Nash was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the birthplace of George Eliot and Shakespeare, respectively. Not surprisingly he decided he’d like to be a writer too.
After studying history and working in PR for a few years, he was running a second hand bookshop, when wanderlust and destiny in the form of his future wife took him to Prague.
During his time behind the counter in the shop and travelling on trams between English lessons he wrote his first crime novel, The Hunt for the Dingo featuring maverick British expat cop, Lawrence James and his hunt for a serial killer in Australia. On his return to the UK, he drew on his Bohemian adventures to write his second crime novel featuring Lawrence James and his co-investigator, Dr Jessie Sandersen. He currently lives on a narrowboat with his wife Clare and grumpy cat, Lulu.
In his past life P.J. Nash was a Special Constable for the Warkwickshire police.
Nash is also a member of the CWA and International Thriller Writers.