Title: Boomerang by Stewart Giles
Date Published: 19th May 2014
Genre: Police Procedural
From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.
A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!
Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.
Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.
All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.
As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?
This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.
If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.
What readers are saying about Boomerang:
‘It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong
‘I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah
‘What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David
‘Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill
‘Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S
BOOKS BY STEWART GILES
DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker
1966 – Two friends are in the midst of the Vietnam war, one lose his mind, the other gets shot.
2010 – York is having a lull in crime but a suicide of a businessman in the Royal York Hotel sets Smith’s sixth sense tingling. It quickly becomes apparent it’s murder with numbers written on the soles of his feet. The numbers are actually dates that relate to Smith.
More bodies turn up with more dates on their feet and it becomes official York has it’s first serial killer but how is this linked to Smith and the events from almost fifty years ago?
So this is the second in the Smith series but it can be easily read as a stand alone, you can check out my review of the first book, Smith, here.
I feel like this series is getting better and better! Boomerang is a fast paced police procedural that has a whole heap of twists and turns which leads to up an emotional and nail biting ending.
The story is split between 2010 and Vietnam in 1966 at the height of the war, which I found out that Australia were actually involved in the conflict over there (I love it when a book teaches me stuff).
Smith is his usual irascible Aussie self, refusing to respect his superior officers, he’s pushed to his limits in this case being reminded of some of the most tragic events of his life and taunted by a ruthless killer.
There’s a little bit of romance for Smith too, when an old friend Lucy comes back into his life. I have to say I was surprised as I thought he and DC Witton had a little bit of a thing going in the last book but I still enjoyed seeing the different side of Smith’s personality.
I’m still struggling to actually like Smith most of the time because frankly, he’s a right grumpy sod and I don’t like some of the language he uses but he’s the sort of character that draws you in.
Overall Boomerang is a fast paced police procedural with a heart stopping ending which will have you turning those pages.
Stewart Giles – Author Bio
After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.
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