Heck is back on home turf and it’s not a happy experience for him.
Following a lead for a known torturer, Heck and the SCU team are plunged into the middle of a drugs gang war, however someone else is out to cause mayhem. Dubbed ‘The Incinerator’, a lone figure has been burning people alive with the use of a flame-thrower. When Heck is taken off his original case and moved to the incinerator case he is less than happy, but when the two cases collide Heck could be in more danger than he realises.
Heck is by far my favourite detective. He is not your traditional ‘guns-blazing’ hero, he gets dirty, tired and more often than not beaten up. Like a tenacious Jack Russell, he grabs hold of a lead, shakes it around until something gives, then sinks in his teeth to leave his mark.
This story was far more personal to Heck than his previous cases. Being on his home turf hasn’t helped but when friends become suspects and family becomes victims, Heck feels it more and to some respect it makes him reflect on his life. The ‘chat’ with Gemma Piper doesn’t help the situation either.
The relationship between Heck and Gemma needs to advance. Part of me really wants them to get together but then another part feels that, although Gemma shows signs of the love she used to have for Heck, she will always choose her career over him, maybe the same could be said the other way round as well. I would just really like to see Heck happy with a partner who will be there for him, help him through the tough cases, and love him for who he is without trying to change him. If this turns out to be Gemma than I would be happy, if not then so be it (plot twist – what if Hazel from ‘Dead Man Walking’ came back in his life?)
And what’s going to happen to Shawna? Really like her character and her link to Heck. I think she also helps to keep him sane in a non-romantic capacity.
Another exciting and action-packed case for DS Mark Heckenburg.
Listened via Audible – narrated by Paul Thornley
John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he’s there. But then, that’s why he’s so dangerous.
A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised – and mutilated – countless victims. And now he’s on the move. DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn – a place he never thought he’d set foot in again.
But Sagan isn’t the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death. And with the victims chosen at random, no-one knows who will be next. Least of all Heck…