Born in the late 40’s only a few years after the second world finished with all the hardships of rationing, cold houses windows running with condensation with frost forming on the inside as well as the outside, living in one room for heat. Growing up in the 50’s with little or none of the modern comforts of today’s modern world, my brother and sister were happy well as happy as you could be.
I worked in various organizations including PO as a steward on cruise liners (I must write about that) then on the buildings picking bits of skills here and there and became a jack of all trades certainly master of none.
Then joined the police stayed for 30 years mainly as a detective Sergeant dealing with all manner of criminal cases including child abuse rape cases and murder.
DS Jim Broadbent’s marriage was over, his long hours and after hours drinking culminated in his long suffering wife June leaving him; then filing for a divorce.
His investigative skills and demeanour would be tested when he began to investigate two rapes albeit 18 months apart; they were the same MO making him think he was investigating a serial rapist.
His sensitive investigative skills when interviewing victims were put to the test; but with his sympathetic approach and empathy he managed to extract vital information.
The forensic scientist had found similar fibres on each victims clothing which confirmed the same offender. Now the hunt began.
His affair with Jackie was reaching a crescendo they were both using each other to reach sexual heights neither had encountered before.
Then a massive fraud case landed on his desk which Jim didn’t need. Jackie’s commitment to the job would be tested to the full as Jim used her to test a theory he had………
Then the Cindy case rose again with another ex-pat in Spain wanting to spill the beans on another UK sex ring; the well to do members were abusing children in their own homes and others. The corridors of power would feature again, how high would it go this time?
What people are saying...
"Abducted is a compelling crime thriller that takes readers on a journey through the lives of victims and investigative teams and they race against time to stop a rapist, help abused children and shutdown a sex ring.
Abducted starts off with a terrified woman hiding in the woods as she tries to escape her captor. When Becky is finally rescued she informs the police of the horrific ordeal she faced at the hands of a rapist. A concerned officer puts her at ease and is determined to find the culprit, but it isn't until the rapist claims another victim, that Jim realizes he has a serial rapist on his hands. To make matters worse his wife files for divorce and the criminal cases seem to be piling up. Can Jim and his team uncover the clues they need to put those involved behind bars where they belong?
I found Abducted to be a straightforward and well organized novel. The author's knowledge of police work and criminal investigations aid in the story's credibility. The story moves along at a quick pace and anticipating what will happen next makes it a mesmerizing read from beginning to end.