Ash and Bones – Mike Thomas


Ash and Bones was published on 25th August 2016 by Zaffre and is available here

A cop killer on the loose in Cardiff – introducing a dark and gritty new voice in crime fiction, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and David Mark

At a squalid flat near the Cardiff docks, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong when the police aren’t the only unexpected guests. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range, the original suspect is left in a coma. The killer, identity unknown, slips away.

Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts his first day on the CID. With the city in shock and the entire force reeling, he is desperate to help ­- but unearths truths that lead the team down an increasingly dark path…

My thoughts

Ash and Bones introduces a rather young and lovely police officer, Will MacReady. This the world of Cardiff noir. It is the brand new novel from Mike Thomas.

MacReady joins CID, on the day of the tragic death of a police officer. MacReady attempts to fit into the culture of CID as a trainee detective constable and learn the ropes, as well as navigate a shaky home life. It’s a complicated world, full of police jargon and pettiness. MacReady is definitely considered to be at the bottom of the pecking order. With dead coppers, child smuggling and a bleak setting, we follow the drama as it escalates. Cardiff is a place of fear.

This is a very promising start to the series. I found myself rooting for MacReady and being charmed by him. He has grit and determination to seek the truth. I am intrigued to see where Thomas will take him next. There is a profound sense of realism and authenticity about Ash and Bones, which made it quite addictive. You can tell the author knows policing inside out.

Definitely a series to keep an eye on. Thomas has a great character in Will MacReady, that has masses of potential. See for yourself!

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3 Responses to Ash and Bones – Mike Thomas

  1. crimeworm says:

    I enjoyed this one too. Definitely had a sense of reality about it, police-wise. Looking forward to no.2!

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