Burning Ambition and Takeaway Terror by Barry Faulkner – Book Review



Burning Ambition (Case 7)

What is behind the murder of three prisoners in a security van on their way from court to jail? How did one of the prisoners get substituted on the way and why is a family of one of them wiped out? What did they know that had to be kept secret? DCS Palmer and the team find a wall of silence and a major crime family intent on one last major heist that would eclipse all others. An old adversary from Palmer’s early days in CID shows his hand and bit by bit the team piece together the clues. Then just when it seems all over and ready to file in the ‘solved’ drawer Palmer finds something that blows it all open again leading to the major end twist. As usual with Palmer, his wife and nemesis neighbour Benji both have an input to the proceedings


Takeaway Terror (Case 8)

Three delivery lads working for London takeaway meal company Deliver-Eat are killed by a hit and run driver. Were they just delivering takeaways or something else? 

Palmer’s team soon find themselves looking at two organised crime gangs about to go into a turf war over the lucrative drugs trade. The surveillance teams that Palmer puts in place get him very worried when an old villain from his past who is an explosives expert is recruited by one of the gangs. The war explodes into action and Palmer’s team are in the thick of it. Will anybody get out alive, including Palmer? 



Burning Ambition

Detective Chief Superintendent Justin Palmer is part of the small Serial Murder Squad, when called to a fire. The fire was in a van transporting 3 prisoners….all three murdered and set alight. Why?

With the technology astute DS Gheeta Singh, they manage to quickly find a link to a local crime boss……with more deaths than you can throw a stick at, this is a fast paced, crime thriller that grips you from start to the rather amazing finish. It has little nods to real events, the Krays, Brinks Mat, and Hatton Garden which lend a feel of reality to the tale….

I really enjoyed the gentle banter between colleagues and the characters are likeable and well rounded. 

There is humour too….a melting Chinese barbecue for one had me laugh out loud. I liked the mention of using sun cream too, skin cancer kills…..(but that’s a personal thing and nothing to do with the story.) 

Will they stop a theft from the Royal Mint? 

This was my first of the DCS Palmer series and is number 7….so I have some reading to do now as I’ve clearly been missing out.


Takeaway Terror

DCS Palmer and DS Singh are back, this time investigating the three deaths of takeaway delivery riders, all in hit and run incidents. Using the tech available along with old fashioned policing, they discover the riders were delivering more than takeaways on their mopeds and they are joined by DS James Knight from the Organised Crime Squad due to drugs being involved…. Who is running this team of drug couriers? And why kill the couriers?

This is another, fairly quick read due to its fast pace. Full of action, humour and no small amount of explosive violence. A very entertaining, original,  police procedural.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 





Barry Faulkner was born into a family of South London petty criminals who ran with the Richardson’s Crime Gang in the 60’s-90’s. Being the youngest his mother, a top fashion model, was determined he would not follow in the criminal footsteps of the rest of the family and enrolled him into the Morely Academy of Dramatic Art to pursue a career in acting. Sadly young Faulkner was asked to leave after three months when no acting ability had surfaced. He went onto become an advertising copywriter with the English branch of the US Agency Erwin Wasey Ruffraf and Ryan where he got lucky with some scripts he sent to the BBC TV and became a scriptwriter and editor for them and several ITV companies. During this time the DCS Palmer plots were amassed in various notebooks and three years ago Faulkner finally found time to write and publish them. His early insight into the criminal world of his family has added authenticity to the characters and plots that makes them credible and the pace keeps the reader glued to the end. His signature end twist will always surprise you. Check out his top rated crime blog at geezers2016.wordpress.com ( Courtesy of Goodreads)

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