Author – Wes Markin. Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.
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Pages – 315
The Blurb –
DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.
When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.
But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?
One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.
Today is my stop on the One Last Prayer for The Rays. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – What a great book. A very interesting idea played out well through the author’s story telling.
The Rays have a dubious history as a family, people like to steer well clear of them, especially as one killed a policeman’s wife. However Paul Ray has disappeared from school, a good student and very different to the other side of his family. Then another member of the Ray family is found murdered and it looks as though somebody has a vendetta against the family.
DCI Yorke and his team have to sift through all the blood and pigs to get to the bottom of the disappearance and murders. The book is gory in places but it isn’t gratuitous, I found it added to the storyline.
I liked Yorke’s team, it felt like I wasn’t coming in new to them. I think the little bits of history that were dotted in the story helped to create a instant connection with them.
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