Published: 12th September 2017 (Bloodhound Books)
Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children.
As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.
With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI is invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation.
When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?
This is my second review of today, and it’s another corker!
The Kindred Killers is the second book in the Jake Boulder series – it’s not essential that you read the first book as Graham Smith refers to the past without excluding new readers, but I think that reading the first would give you a better understanding of Jake.
The Kindred Killers starts off with the horrific torture and murder of Jake’s best friend, Alfonse’s cousin, his wife and their children. Alfonse calls on the help of Jake to find their murderers as the local police are still as incompetent as ever! The difficulty is that there are no leads; the victims were well-liked within their jobs and the local community so Jake and Alfonse need to establish who would want to do such a brutal thing to a family? When another person goes missing, it starts to appear as though this isn’t an isolated murder….why are the people of Casperton being targeted in such a brutal manner?
The crimes in this book are absolutely horrific however Graham Smith has handled this sensitively and without gratuity. There is enough build up leading up to the deaths and detail shared postmortem to truly portray the horrendous death that the victims have experienced but without all the actual gory details.
The Kindred Killers is a fast-paced investigation which is sadly, very relevant in today’s society. Graham Smith’s writing draws you in and is addictive through to the end. There is so much action in this book that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. But we also see a sensitive side to Jake, both through his new relationship and his trade-off with his psychiatrist of sharing his feelings versus obtaining an insight the warped mind of the murder/ers.
This is only the second outing for Jake Boulder, but it has all the hallmarks of a great, long-running series. I’m hoping that there is a book three very soon!
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. For the last eleven years he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.
As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.