Can you really buy happiness?
Singer Helen Troy loves being an A-list celebrity.
There are the endless perks, private jets, fancy cars and more money than she’ll ever need.
But when Helen is kidnapped during a night out in London, she discovers there’s a serious downside to being rich, famous and beautiful.
D.C.I Sam Quinn, of the Met’s Celebrity Crime Squad, knows that Helen has become the tragic victim of her own success.
His own actress wife Karen suffered the same fate.
As he begins to investigate her abduction, he loses his prime suspect.
But when more are bumped off in gang-style killings – and especially when an execution takes place in a police interview room – it’s seriously embarrassing for the Met and a major headache for D.C.I Quinn.
Helen has been dating philandering Russian oligarch Leon Serova – one of the growing number who have being snapping up the top properties as well as developing some questionable business interests across the capital.
But Mr Serova has a jealous rival in a former business partner who seems only too happy to assist the police.
A picture of Helen’s body pops up on the internet but things don’t stack up for D.C.I Quinn who discovers that five more other glamorous and successful young women have suffered the very same fate.
But is Helen Troy as dead as she looks?
The Depraved is a gripping thriller perfect for fans of Taken.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers Endeavour Press for an ARC of this book.
4/5 Having just recently read Stark Warning, I was eager to start this one. I grew to like DCI Sam Quinn in the last book, and was looking forward to reading more about his car-crash lifestyle. This time around DCI Sam Quinn, of the Met’s Celebrity Crime Squad is faced with a new case.
Helen Troy is kidnapped during a night out in London, Rich and famous Helen, a singer is an A list celebrity.
As Sam Quinn begins this investigation, things start to go wrong. The pressure is piled on him, and how he will cope could go anyway.
This is an easy to follow story, an easy read, and will keep your attention though out the book.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and hoping to see a bit more of Sam in the future. I'd love to see if he ever sorts his life out.
Thanks to Endeavour Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
Praise for James Raven
‘It will draw you in and immerse you until the last page.’ – Midwest Book Review
‘…you won't be disappointed’ - Books Monthly
‘... a cracking crime novel.’ - Hampshire View Magazine
James Raven has been a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for local, regional and national newspapers he moved into television as a news scriptwriter. He then worked his way up to become Director of a UK News Division. During this time, he helped develop the careers for TV personalities including Nick Knowles, Natasha Kaplinsky and Kate Garraway. He now runs his own TV production company and spends much of his time writing and travelling.
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