When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.
The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.
Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?
Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…
If Fear Wins is published on the 29th May 2018 by Bloodhound Books. Many thanks to the publisher for having me on this blog tour and for my copy of the book via NetGalley for this review.
It is no secret that I love this series, which kicked off with Bad To The Bone followed by The Scent of Guilt so I was very excited to start If Fear Wins. I am thrilled to say that its another fabulous investigation by DI Bliss and his team which is full of twists and turns. Whilst the author does a very good job of relating events and characters within this book back to the previous books (especially the first one), I would recommend that you read this series in order to get the full effect of a previous character reappearing.
The investigation is certainly a intriguing one initiated by the murder of a local RAF airman in cold blood – the murder from the outset had all the hallmarks of a torture and local CCTV brutally confirms this. Be warned, the murder within this narrative is horrific, it makes for very difficult reading but it is essential for the storyline.
What I really liked about this book was the authentic feel to it, mentioning real life events which relate to the events within the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the investigation is complex and then Forder throws in a few more threads just for good measure! This results is a very twisty and gripping read. I love Forder’s writing style and how he balances so many threads at the same time.
Each of the three books are very different in nature but the same strong characters are present, DI Bliss is a brilliant protagonist – he is still battling his health issues and living alone, hardly looking like he lives in his house at all! I was thrilled to find that DS Chandler is still around in this book and challenges Bliss’ approach on a number of occasions throughout this investigation which showed another side to their working and personal relationship.
If Fear Wins is a brilliantly complex and gripping police procedural which has many threads running through the overall narrative, cleverly brought together. I truly hope that there are many more Bliss books to come as he’s one of my favourite characters set in my city which gives the locations a different edge to me being a local reader 🙂
Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first two books, Bad to the Bone and The Scent of Guilt, will be joined in the series on 29 May 2018 by If Fear Wins.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.
One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller.
Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK.