The second thrilling detective mystery featuring Guillermo Downes by James Marrison 'Dark, gripping and unexpected'Linwood Barclay'Assured, astutely paced, a gripping thriller'Herald'Intriguing, taut, told with panache'Daily MailA car abandoned by a ramshackle Cotswold farm draws the attention of local police officers. When DCI Guillermo Downes arrives at the farmhouse heThe second thrilling detective mystery featuring Guillermo Downes by James Marrison 'Dark, gripping and unexpected'Linwood Barclay'Assured, astutely paced, a gripping thriller'Herald'Intriguing, taut, told with panache'Daily MailA car abandoned by a ramshackle Cotswold farm draws the attention of local police officers. When DCI Guillermo Downes arrives at the farmhouse he finds a sickening scene of devastation and destruction.Now Downes has a murder investigation to run. But what were the ransackers looking for? Why didn't they take anything? And could there have been a witness who made a lucky escape?At first Downes struggles to find answers. But as he and Graves follow the threads of this case past crimes come to light. The criminals Downes is chasing have been used to getting away with it. But when a local boy goes missing it might be the key to breaking this case once and for all....
|Title||:||The Sleepless Ones|
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The Sleepless Ones Reviews
A lot about this book was excellent. I loved the way it started and the plot was set up. I love the main characters - Downes and Graves. I love the background, contemporaneous to the 2003 floods, that I well remember as my parents got caught up in them whilst traveling and had to spend a night sleeping in a caravan on someone's drive as it was impossible to get through. The voyage of discovery, the detectivising in the novel is also excellent, but I had two major concerns at the end of the book. SPOLIERS 1) I didn't understand the psychology of the two tortured-turned-torturers. I could understand the aspect that abused sometimes become abusers, but not this. 2) It is quite definitively stated early on that certain characters are not gay, but then they are. I realise this is a red herring, to throw us off, but it seemed unsatisfactory in that if you can't trust the main characters of the plot, then how can you work your way through a detective story.
Having won this book on a Goodreads Give away, I learned that it was the 2nd book in the DCI Downes series. Being a bit of a stickler for reading series in order I promptly went out and purchased the 1st book of the series "The Drowning Ground". I absolutely loved that book and was really looking forward to reading "The Sleepless Ones". A fantastic book which really builds on Downes' back story along with his continuing partnership with Sgt Graves. Definitely a very dark subject matter with excellent story telling throughout. This is fast becoming one of my favourite crime series.... Just a pity I may have to wait some time for book 3!!!
Hauntingly Beautiful. The characters were brilliant and the plot was amazing and well thought out. It is a story written with such passion and cleverness it will stay with you for a long time. it is a must read for anyone who likes books
I'm interested in Downes' story and I like the characters quite a lot but I liked the 1st book better. The story line in this one seems to be far fetched.
Once again I am indebted to Goodreads for providing this book to read and review.This is the second book by James Marrison to feature DCI Guillermo Downes, and whilst there are some references to the previous book and his recently deceased sidekick it in no way spoilt my enjoy of this very good book, that I was new to this series.This is an excellent police procedural gripping from the first page with plenty of twists and turns to keep me engaged, before a gripping final showdown, as our hero battles the floods to bring the case to a conclusion. The writing is descriptive and characterisations good. The case starts with our hero being called to the scene of a double murder, one a renowned though somewhat unscrupulous journalist, the second the homeowner a recently released from prison career criminal, who has been brutally tortured before death, Why? What did he know that his tormentors needed so badly? Apart from the floods this is also a topical story involving teenage boys abducted as playthings for wealthy, well to do men at parties from which some did not return. This involves the police investigating long lost historical cases to try and find the links to several previous suspicious deaths and bring the criminals to justice.A book that is well worth a read and I heartily recommend.
Terrific. Book 2 and the author has refined his storytelling skills.Oxford Times commented "Move Over, Morse" - which made me smile, aptly put!Hoping the author continues with this series.A new book in the series Habeas Corpus has been published, unfortunately as an e-book only, and I hope to see it as a physical book - it's the back-story of the lead Detective.The lead Detective and his second-in-command are still getting to know each other, they are by now working together well, and there is already a familiarity between them - whether the author is aware of this or not - like "old married couples" who sometimes finish each others' sentences, this is a thread in Marrison's storytelling, especially in the police's converstations and their interviews with people generally. We don't find that a lot in good police procedurals, it's almost quaint, and it suits this author and his writing. Recommended reading.
Page turning detective story, with not only who dun it in question but what did they do and why? Loved it that it rained for the whole story except the last chapter when the sun comes out. Enjoyable lead characters and a memorable run away. Sordid details though, not for the faint hearted.