Thought I’d try a different genre of book this time and picked up Cold Killers by the author Lee Weeks.
I guess it still runs along the lines of a thriller but more a crime fiction book not a psychological one, which is my usual read. None the less, Cold Killers is a really good book.
The beginning of this book is quite difficult to follow at first as there are so many different characters to remember.
However, when I looked online and saw that some characters continue on from previous books the author has written, so I realised why I was a little lost in parts of this book.
Cold Killers has a somewhat typical crime fiction storyline, albeit an interesting and clever one with little twists and turns along the way to keep me intrigued about how it would end.
I loved the way the relationships between characters intertwined, especially the main characters of Dan Carter, Ebony Willis and Della Butcher.
Obviously, the story reverted back to a past operation that went badly wrong with the “bad guys” getting away to sunny Spain. Tony and Eddie Butcher had almost got away with the greatest diamond heist ever in five different countries, but were caught and served time for some of their misdemeanours.
However, most of the diamonds were not recovered, so when the two main men got out of prison, Eddie Butcher decided to go legitimate and build villas for ex cons in Marbella, whilst Tony started to build a drug empire from his Spanish villa with the Zapata and Mendez cartel.
When Tony gets into trouble with the cartels Eddie is tortured and murdered as a warning. Or so that’s what you are lead to believe.
The story goes back and forth to Marbella and the East End of London, where another gruesome murder takes place.
Thankfully as with most crime fiction stories, there are always inspectors in the police force that won’t let an old case drop and continue to plug away until they get their man.
After Eddie’s gruesome murder an old character comes back to the story in the shape of Della. Her character was linked to the police because she had previously been an officer with Dan Carter, on the previous botched operation but was also his ex girlfriend. Della hatched a plan and only trusted Carter to understand why she needed to bring Tony Butcher to justice.
Della was adamant that Tony had something to do with Eddie’s murder, believing it was something to do with Eddie refusing to let his legitimate business be drawn into drug trafficking.
A few mishaps along the way occur from naivety, mistrust and some emotional misunderstandings and also another gruesome murder along the way.
However, there is a kind of happy ending and conclusion for Della, the NCA and the Murder squad.
Della’s disappearance after the successful operation is due to the fact that she had grown accustomed to the rich life she’d shared with Eddie Butcher. Although she was no villain she did get away with enough money and some diamonds from the old heist that Eddie had made sure he kept secret, ensured she continued with her desired high life in Hong Kong.
So although Della risked her life to help the police and had to run away to another country, she along with the Police got what they wanted.
I’ll definitely read another couple of Lee Weeks books as they were a interesting and intriguing read.