The Burning Men – Will Shindler


Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.

When a development in South London catches fire mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters runs in to save a man spotted at the window.

They come out without a body. They quit the service. They plan never to speak to each other again.

Five years later one of them is set alight at his own wedding. Soon after, a second is found, nothing but a smoking corpse. It appears that someone knows what they did that night. What they chose over their duty. And there are still three men left to burn . . .

DI Alex Finn and his new partner DC Mattie Paulsen are an unlikely pairing, but they need to discover who is behind these killings before the next man faces the fire.

About the Author:

Will Shindler has been a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC for over twenty-five years, spending a decade working in television drama as a scriptwriter on Born and Bred, The Bill and Doctors.

You can currently find him every weekday on the radio reading the news headlines, whilst writing crime novels in the afternoon. Will has previously worked as a television presenter for HTV, a sports reporter for BBC Radio Five Live, and one of the stadium presenters at the London Olympics.

His debut novel, The Burning Men, will be published by Hodder.

My Review:

OOOOOH – if you like police procedurals or gripping crime books then believe me when I say you NEED to read The Burning Men by Will Shindler which is the first in a brand new series and it starts with a real BANG.

Five years ago a group of fire fighters attend a major fire scene in London – a new development is on fire and they spot a man waving from the third floor window.  Something happens that night that changes their lives for ever and within months all five have quit the service and have vowed never to speak to each other again.  Five years later one of them is horrifically murdered at his own wedding and soon the rest of the group are fearing for their own lives, but why and who is trying to kill them?

Enter DI Alex Finn, a man who is grieving the death of his wife by returning to work during his compassionate leave to track down the killer.  He is assigned a new DC, Mattie Paulsen who has her own demons and secrets having left her previous job due to a trauma from a previous case which she won’t deal with.  Putting these two damaged, but determined police officers together initially result in fireworks, but they are determined to find out who is behind these murders and stop any more killings.

The Burning Men is a brilliant debut with strong characters and a fast paced story line which kept me guessing throughout.  Will Shindler is definitely an author I will be watching out for and can’t wait to read the next book in this brilliant new series.


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