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Deadly Vengeance (Detective Jane Phillips #3) by OMJ Ryan #DeadlyVengeance @OMJRYAN1 #InkubatorBooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

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When the fifteen-year-old daughter of UK munitions dealer, Sir Richard Hawkins vanishes without a trace – the race is on to find her. But Sir Richard and his wife’s worst fears are realised when they receive a video of Hollie, tied to a chair, with a masked man holding a gun to her head.

The ransom demands are simple, pay four million pounds in cash – or they’ll never see their daughter again. DCI Jane Phillips is assigned to the case, and has no idea of who, or what she’s up against. But as the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear Hollie’s kidnapping was the work of a formidable gang – who operate in the shadows and will stop at nothing to get what they want.

As the pressure mounts, can Phillips and the team find Hollie before it’s too late? Or will this investigation signal not only the death of the Major Crimes Unit, but one of her beloved team, as well?

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My Review

The expression ‘fast-paced’ could have been created just for this book. Set in Manchester, it moves along at a cracking rate. The action never stops. I love the main characters – DCI Jane Phillips and her team DCs Jones, Bovalino and Entwistle. I know they have been together for years and it certainly feels like it. I haven’t read the previous novels in the series but it’s not necessary to do so in order to understand the relationships and history between them. Deadly Vengeance can be read as a standalone, though obviously we would know more about the characters’ back stories if we read the others first.

When Hollie Hawkins – the step-daughter of arms dealer Sir Richard Hawkins – is kidnapped, it becomes a race against time to find her before they carry out their threat to kill her. The kidnappers want four million pounds in cash and Sir Richard has exactly seven days to get the money. He’s a multi-millionaire so it’s pocket money to him, but will Hollie still be alive when they hand it over? And is this kidnapping far more complicated than it at first seems?

This is a perfect police procedural for fans of the genre – exciting, fast and furious. Lots of red herrings and in-depth investigations, lots of action and heart-stopping moments. Sir Richard is ghastly – every time he opens his mouth you know he cares more about the money than about Hollie. He name drops and throws his weight around and accuses everyone of being inadequate in their jobs. Jane’s boss Fox is also horrible as is Saxby from the Met who is brought in to advise on the kidnapping aspect of the investigation.

There is the usual banter between the ‘good cops’ as well as arguments and mud-slinging with the ‘bad cops’. It all adds to the interest. This would be a great TV series!

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to part of #damppebblesblogtours

About the Author

Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.

Deadly Vengeance is the third Detective Jane Phillips book in the series and OMJ’s fourth book with Inkubator Books.

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