Book: Hangman's Wood by Paula K Randallcategories: Book, Police Procedural, Thriller, Raw, Violence, Spree Killing, Thugs, Victims, Crime Fiction
Paula K Randallabout this book: Hangman's Wood is a police procedural and my debut novel. The inciting incident came to me when watching The Book Programme on Sky Arts, when the crime writer, Simon Kernick, described an incident in his youth, when he and another boy were abducted, taken into the woods, stripped and tortured. At the time I didn't know it was going to turn into a novel, but gradually, as both villains and detectives took on a life of their own, that's exactly what happened. As I wrote on I realised an increasing need for research into forensics, and this was quite an enjoyable part of the enterprise. I certainly learnt a great deal about plot and structure as well.
The book begins with the vicious attack on Jake Summers by two young thugs. Jake survives, but as the violence escalates, the next two victims are not so lucky.
When a fourth person, a young woman, is abducted, Detective Inspector Fiona Brightman is desperate to find the whereabouts of the killers. Her search takes her as far afield from her home county of Suffolk to the Scottish borders and the Kent coast, at one point endangering her own life during a frantic chase through the notorious Hangman's Wood.
Readers of fairly raw crime fiction should enjoy this book. It's been compared to the work of Stuart McBride and the Scandinavians, and has had some positive reviews in the short time it's been for sale.
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