Title: Implant by Ray Clark
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Date Published: 9th August 2018
Genre: Police Procedural
Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire. Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.
Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims, no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence.
Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy? The detectives race against time to stop the trail of horrific murders…
An early morning call leads the police to the body of Alex Wilson, a petty crook, nailed to the wall of his uncle’s hardware store. But why did he end up kill in such a grisly way?
Another body turns up, it’s up to Reilly and Gardener to stop this sick killer before someone else ends up dead.
So this is the third in the Gardener and Reilly, which I actually didn’t realise before I picked this up. I did feel like I’d missed a little of the characters’ back story but it didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the novel.
Goodness me, The Tooth Fairy is one of the most diabolical and gruesome serial killers I’ve read in a long time! The way he played with the police, sending cryptic messages, really kept me intrigued throughout out.
For me the characters really made this book, even the more minor characters were realistic and well rounded. I also loved the jokey camaraderie between Gardener and Reilly.
My only complaint was I felt it got a little bogged down in the details, which at times slowed the pace a little but of course that’s just my opinion.
Implant is a must for lovers of gritty and gruesome police procedurals.
About The Author:
Ray Clark is the co-author of Manitou Man: The World of Graham Masterton, nominated for both the World and British Fantasy Awards.
Between 2007 and 2010 further publications included, The Lord of Misrule and Other Stories, Calix, Whitby Abbey: Pure Inspiration, plus a number of award nominations for short stories.
2012: The Priest’s Hole by Damnation Books in the U.S.
2013: Calix by Double Dragon Press in Canada.
2013: a short story collection entitled, A Devil’s Dozen by Canadian publisher, Double Dragon.
2014: Seven Secrets by Damnation Books.
2015: a short story collection, entitled, A Detective’s Dozen by Canadian publisher, Double Dragon Books.
2016: Impurity: the first in the IMP crime thriller series from Caliburn Press featuring D.I. Gardener and D.S. Reilly.
2017: Imperfection: the second in the IMP crime thriller series from Urbane Publications, featuring D.I. Gardener and D.S. Reilly
2017: Resurrection: a stand alone horror novel from Endeavour Press.
2018: Implant: the third in the IMP crime thriller series from Urbane Publications, featuring D.I. Gardener and D.S. Reilly
2019: Ryder On The Storm, a stand-alone cross genre novella from IMPulse Press, featuring Desk Sergeant Maurice Cragg from Seven Secrets and Implant.