Game Point by Malcolm Hollingdrake
DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences. A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered. Bennett's team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence. It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target. Can Bennett solve the case before it's too late? How many people will he lose in the process? FROM THE AUTHOR OF ONLY THE DEAD, HELL'S GATE & FLESH EVIDENCE, COMES ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE CRIME THRILLER.
Although this is book the fourth in the DCI Cyril Bennet series, this was my introduction, to Bennet and his team. I was in no way disadvantaged by this, as it read well as a standalone, and I soon got into the characters. It's a tale of murder, drugs, sexual exploitation and people trafikking and the kidnapping of his own detective sergeant by a sadistic psychopath with a grudge against DCI Bennet. As a reader, I could feel the fear and the emotions that DCI Bennet and his team were going through, such was the quality of the writing. For me, the rest of the series is now on my reading list and it merits a very worthy five stars.