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All of the adjectives applicable to the very best crime thriller writing can be used in spades to endorse Nest Madden’s debut crime novel. Crime, mystery, detective, murder, suspense and adventure all feature in equal measure as the author takes usMoreAll of the adjectives applicable to the very best crime thriller writing can be used in spades to endorse Nest Madden’s debut crime novel. Crime, mystery, detective, murder, suspense and adventure all feature in equal measure as the author takes us on an exhilarating and roller coaster side from first sentence to last.As soon as we read this section of the Prologue we know exactly what we are in for:The man ignored his question and bent down to the bag at his feet. As the man straightened up, he registered with horror that the man was holding a single barrel sawn-off shotgun. For all his fitness, he was slow to react. As he dived to one side the barrel collided with the left side of his jaw. There was a huge flash of white light, a searing heat, and pain.Such terrible, terrible pain!He fell back, knocked off his feet by the blast. The man looked at the figure writhing before him and kicked him as hard as he could in the chest. He didn’t realize his lower jaw and tongue were a bloody mush and his screams were just pathetic mews. The man moved forward, removed the spent cartridge case, inserted another shell, and pressed the end of the barrel against the eye socket of his fallen victim. Then fired again.The man stepped back from the gore in front of him, broke the gun, removed the cartridge case, and returned the gun to his backpack. He looked around- he’d crossed the line now. No going back. He was… what? A murderer or an avenger?Got to move, got to hustle- three more calls to make.From then the fast moving plot veers between one man’s relentless quest to extract frustrated vengeance, and the equally tortuous efforts of the Police to prevent him fulfilling his murderous mission. It is a dish not tasted cold but dry mouthed and perspiring as the two opposing forms of justice race to the same bloody destination. Running in parallel, hidden elements of the higher Establishment attempt to use the situation and manipulate events for their own ends. But why?Madden’s pithy story-telling exudes convincing detail that can only come from first-hand experience. From the scary corporeal detail of murder scenes through the peculiar personalities and ruthless inner politics of Police careers, to the bizarre machinations and prosaic realities of Intelligence work, Madden portrays a gritty reality far removed from most TV detective stories.A Dark Spree intrigues and disturbs in equal measure. We are presented with all too believable characters who might become heroes or violators, or then again just ordinary people viscerally caught up in extraordinary life events. With no other possible redress, what does it take for one person to seek retribution, to extract justice at any cost? In turn, the forces of Law and Order must do just that. A Dark Spree invites us to consider how we would fare when overtaken by unjust events. Would we or should we cross the line?