Sympathy for the Devil

When Detective Catrin Price returns to Cardiff after 12 years of self imposed exile she is determined to lay to rest the ghosts of her unhappy past Then her ex boyfriend Rhys, once a promising young policeman but now a washed up junkie, is found dead on one of her first nights on patrol The official verdict is an accidental overdose, but Cat is convinced that there is soWhen Detective Catrin Price returns to Cardiff after 12 years of self imposed exile she is determined to lay to rest the ghosts of her unhappy past Then her ex boyfriend Rhys, once a promising young policeman but now a washed up junkie, is found dead on one of her first nights on patrol The official verdict is an accidental overdose, but Cat is convinced that there is something to his death, something that will explain why the man who saved her life was so unwilling to save his own.Rhys had always been haunted by the mysterious disappearance of Owen Face, the troubled lead singer of rock band Seerland, who was last seen at a notorious suicide spot No body was ever found and when Cat joins forces with one of Rhys former colleagues, now a wealthy business man obsessed with all things Seerland related, they begin to wonder whether the rumours that Face is still alive may be true But when Cat is stalked by a meancing figure with a striking resemblance to a serial rapist Rhys famously put away, she begins to realise her life may also be in danger.
Sympathy for the Devil When Detective Catrin Price returns to Cardiff after years of self imposed exile she is determined to lay to rest the ghosts of her unhappy past Then her ex boyfriend Rhys once a promising young p

  • Title: Sympathy for the Devil
  • Author: Howard Marks
  • ISBN: 9780099532736
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Sympathy for the Devil”

    1. Whilst reading this I found it impossible not to male comparisons with the girl with the dragon tattoo during the first 150 pages or so, and whilst the similarities are there with regards to the protagonist and the start of the story it goes off in a very different direction. Loosely based around the disappearence of Richie Manic the story starts with a female police officer who is hired by a wealthy media tycoon to help investigate a rock star who has a vanished. It is set in rural Wales and is [...]

    2. I didnt know what to expect from this book, as this is the 1st of this kind from Marks. I must say I had really high hopes as his biographies are so interesting & I became a fan after reading them. I personally found it a bit hard going, it is very dark, entering the world of the cults/drugs. Lots of twists, turns & suspense. I am sure many people will enjoy this crime/thriller. I am not going to give up though & I will read the next when it comes out. Maybe it was just the type of s [...]

    3. A well-crafted esoteric thriller partly revolving around the mysterious disappearance of a rockstar, whose body is never found, around the Severn bridge area Manics fan alert! Yes, that event is clearly inspired by Richey Edwards. But that is about all there is to it, as we soon delve in a world of hallucinogens and ancient cults, which is the actual core of the book. A good pace and style make this a pretty good read, but the final chapter could've been more organic.

    4. Bought for my daughter because of the location, and unaware of the notoriety of the author until more than halfway through. Quite enjoyed, and it would have definitely rated three stars had the ending been a bit less of a Boy's Own muddled incoherent chase at the end. I do find these super-woman high-kick previously damaged maverick cops a bit tedious, but have to admit they can make for a good story if nothing else. Not that there was much wrong with the writing of this.-

    5. I liked that this book is set in Cardiff as I was able to trace all the routes Cat walked. It kept me glued whilst reading but has been mostly forgotten now I've finished it. A good read for the moment, but don't expect it to make a lasting impact. If you're into crime thrillers deeply, you'll recognise the typical pattern of the narrative - very Tom Knox, in terms of timeline very predictable. Doesn't break the mould but is a comfortable read. You know what you're getting.

    6. Sorry not my cup of tea at all, even though I do love a good thriller now and then. I found it impossible to empathize with the hero and the storyline seemed downright implausible and impossible to take seriously.

    7. Very original twist and very spooky and strange. Cult leaders mixed up with hoakey clinics in the middle of rural wales.

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