Book Review: Dark City, Bill Carson

Publisher: Bill Carson Books   |   Publication date:  24th July 2015  |  Edition: Kindle (Review copy)

Dark City My Review

Dark City by Bill CarsonFor a quick read, crime noir look no further.

The fast-paced Dark City features Nick Harland, an ex-detective turned steely private detective.

With the help of his expectant girlfriend, Anna, he solves nasty crimes and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty – whatever the cost.

His priority is to the missing, the dead and those they leave behind. When a young woman is taken off the streets after a night out, the family enlist Harland’s expertise. But working with the police authorities can be frustrating, especially when those higher up the professional ladder don’t want to play ball. Sometimes this forces you to take matters into your own hands, which is precisely what our PI does when alarms bells start ringing.

There are similarities with this current case and one he worked in the past when he was an officer himself. When Harland discovers that the vile culprit he arrested many years ago has just served his lengthy prison sentence and is back on the streets he vows to bring him in, when he can find him, that is.

As further developments occur, Harland takes things very personally. Undaunted, he endeavours to serve justice by applying his very own unique approach to a situation, even though this often gives him a bigger headache in the long run. There’s a balance to be struck between the type of criminal Harland seeks and the level of persuasion required to deal with them – be warned, it’s not always pretty, he can be quite merciless if you cross him.

This is book 4 of in the series, yet I enjoyed it as stand-alone having never read any of the others. References were made to our PI’s previous life but I didn’t feel I missed out on anything too crucial.

Dark City has more shades of dark than light. It’s not a book that dwells. It just gets on with it, much like its main character.

Rating: 4/5

(Many thanks to the author for providing a digital copy of this book for review.)

Dark City Book Summary

A must read for all those who like to sit uncomfortably on the edge of their seats.

Dark City is the fourth book in the Nick Harland detective series. In this one we follow him on his most perplexing and disturbing case to date, as he tracks down a serial killer from the past.  The book begins with an elderly man being released from prison, after serving seventeen years for a double murder. A few days after his release a young woman is snatched from outside a London pub.

The police seem to be dragging their heels, so the family of the missing girl call on the services of the tough, uncompromising ex murder squad detective, turned Private Investigator, Nick Harland. During his initial investigation another girl suddenly goes missing, he then gets a tip off that Charles Thorpe had just been released from prison. Nick knows the killer, as he was the detective who put him behind bars when he was a detective in the murder squad. And so the hunt is now on for Thorpe, and Nick will not rest until Thorpe is found, and he promises that Thorpe will pay the ultimate price for his crimes this time around.

Much more can’t be revealed, as it would give too much of the exciting plot away.
This is a fast paced dark and gritty story, packed with hard hitting action, highs and lows, intrigue and tension. This story has characters, that are good, and sometimes very, very bad. Dark City is crime noir in the truest sense.


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