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Jaded by Rob Ashman

April 29, 2019

 

The Blurb

 

 

DI Rosalind Kray is back for the final instalment in the international bestselling series. 

A body washes up on a Blackpool beach, tortured and shot through the head.

A man is found in an alleyway with his throat ripped open.

A woman is murdered in a hospital bed.

What connects them?

DI Roz Kray’s private life is in turmoil as she struggles to unravel a baffling case and DCI Dan Bagley is hell-bent on making her working life a misery.

Billy Ellwood is a chameleon. What forced him to disappear eighteen years ago? And what was the promise?

When Kray makes a shattering discovery it rocks her world to the core. The stakes could not be higher. She’s left with no choice.

This time … it’s all or nothing.

 

 

 

Also available in best-selling DI Rosalind Kray Series:

Faceless

This Little Piggy

Suspended Retribution

 

Rob Ashman is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of The Mechanic Trilogy. Jadded is the fourth book in the DI Roslanind Kray Series, though can easily be read as a stand-alone. A fast-paced serial killer thriller, it will appeal to fans of authors like; Charlie Gallagher, Mark Edwards and Angela Marsons.

 

About Rob Ashman

 

 

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result. 
Rob published Those That Remain, In Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

 

My Review

 

Billy Ellwood, an ex-undercover cop, who’s wife Blythe, was brutally murdered by the gang that he had infiltrated, once his cover had been blown, now eighteen years later has to come to terms with the fact that his beloved brother Michael, has been tortured and killed.
DI Roz Kray heads up the investigation and finds a that two other subsequent murders are linked and associated with Eddie Marshall, who runs a nightclub and is suspected of other more dubious activities.
This story was brutal from the very beginning to the very end. Be warned, this is not for the faint-hearted. Its a story of justice, and rough justice. I found myself very much behind the main character Billy, who is good-natured, but his methodology of dispensing justice is outside the realms of humanitarianism or the anything that has been written in the police training manual. 
It all sounds very dark, but there are episodes of light relief, and the style of writing, particularly from Billy’s point of view, is very tongue in cheek.
In short, Jaded, is a masterpiece within the crime genre. At times when I was able to put the book down, (and that wasn’t easy), my thoughts were preoccupied with what was going to happen next. It’s fast paced, easy to read, but not so easy to put down. I liked so many of the characters and hated some too, (but that’s a good thing), and it has an amazing end.​

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