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Broken Glass by Alexander Hartung

By Pamelascott

Detective Nik Pohl has seen every shade of darkness in his career. Not used to playing by the rules, he finds himself frozen out by his superiors. What's worse, now he's being blackmailed by a shadowy businessman into investigating a seemingly crimeless disappearance.

A young woman, Viola, left her home months ago, leaving a letter to her parents saying she wouldn't be coming back. With a little digging Nik discovers the case of an almost identical-looking woman, who went missing in similar circumstances. There's one important difference: that woman is dead. Viola may still be alive... but perhaps not for much longer.

When Nik is viciously attacked, it becomes clear that whoever is behind Viola's disappearance has some high-level connections, and they will stop at nothing to shut him down. But he's in too deep and the clock is ticking. He has to find Viola, and her captors, before it's too late.


[The sight of the dead girl brought him nothing but sorrow]


(Thomas & Mercer, 1 October 2019, 251 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle via #AmazonFirstReads)



I've read a few thrillers by this author and had high hopes for Broken Glass. I was not disappointed. I really like Nik as a character; he's sort of an anti-hero and not what you expect from a detective. He reminds me a lot of Rebus. Nik is flawed which makes him real. I was on his side from the first chapter and felt for him as he sinks deeper and deeper into darkness and discovers the missing person cold case he's investigating is much more than it seems. I read a lot of crime fiction and don't often get taken by surprise but Broken Glass threw me a curve ball more than once. Nik is the only character I liked and the other are pretty flat and one-dimensional but they might develop over the course of the series.

Broken Glass Alexander Hartung

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