My review of Hell’s Gate by Malcolm Hollingdrake

A disused railway tunnel where, cruel and sinister deeds are executed.  A policeman on a mission.  A killer who will stop at nothing.  The formidable DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen of Harrogate Police find themselves embroiled in a series of bizarre events.

A domestic dog attack on a child soon leads to a more complex case – the macabre discovery of a jigsaw of featureless, indiscernible body parts amongst bin bags littering a quiet road on the outskirts of the town.

While under the leadership of a Chinese Mafioso, a team of Eastern Europeans spreads its tentacles into the sordid underworld of people trafficking, dog fighting, prostitution and murder.

Bennett quickly has his hands full investigating a gambling syndicate, the discovery of a mutilated corpse, the death of a prostitute and the case of a badly beaten police officer.  As Bennett and his team are stretched to capacity cracks begin to appear.  Is there a link between these cases and can they catch a twisted killer before he strikes again?

OMG I loved this book! I hadn’t read any of the books by this author before but had bought them and had them saved on my Kindle. I picked up the first in the series and really enjoyed it so started this second book, Hell’s Gate straight after and have to say I loved it even more than the first book and haven’t hesitated to give it 5 stars. I loved the plot, it was hard hitting and gritty, there were a few scenes that wouldn’t be fans for anyone who is a bit squeamish but I think that they were needed to add to the content – It really was a fab read and I started the third book as soon as I finished this one – really enjoying this series so far and looking forward to see what else is to come!!

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