Something Wicked, Paperback Book
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Something Wicked is the first in a breath-taking series from Kerry Wilkinson, creator of the bestselling Jessica Daniel books. Nicholas Carr disappeared on his eighteenth birthday and the world has moved on.

His girlfriend has left for university, his friends now have jobs and the police are busy dealing with the usual gallery of suspects. But his father, Richard, can't forget the three fingers the police dug up from a sodden Manchester wood.

What happened to Nicholas on the night he disappeared and why did he never return home? A private investigator is Richard's last hope - but Andrew Hunter has his own problems.

There's something about his assistant that isn't quite right.

Jenny's brilliant but reckless and he can't figure out what's in it for her.

By the time he discovers who's a danger and who's not, it might all be too late ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781447262091

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Something Wicked – An excellent new seriesHaving read Kerry Wilkinson’s previous outings as the author of the Jessica Daniel series and the thoroughly enjoyable The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy I looked forward to his new Andrew Hunter series. I can tell you I was not disappointed, the writing is absorbing, the descriptions spot on, even kinder than could be, and the action fantastic. The descriptions were spot on; even kinder than they could have been is true if you know some of the areas within Greater Manchester that Wilkinson uses as his backdrop. When he describes the halls of residence in Salford he understates how bleak the area and its pubs are as for the concrete jungle that the students live in. He is also correct in that Alkrington Wood has been a cause of concern for some of its nocturnal uses, I read about it in the Manchester Evening News archive!Andrew Hunter is a private detective working from an office in central Manchester, where if you stand on tip toes you are able to see Piccadilly Gardens. He has an over qualified assistant, Jenny, who never seems to have a home to go too but not afraid to pitch in.They are approached by Richard Carr to help find his missing his son, Nicholas, who went missing on his eighteenth birthday with no sightings. The police seem to have given up on the investigation even though three of his fingers were found in Alkrington Wood in North Manchester. He knows he will have to go back to basics to try and discover what happened to Nicholas, and see if kicking over the stones will see information scurrying around.Nicholas’ parent are not too sure about what information to give Hunter and Jenny even as they explore the teenager’s bedroom as the family say his former friends have moved on. With family hovering around they discover some information but are not sure what they have found. With all the information becomes available and the various clues Hunter is still not happy about the mixture of magic and the occult especially as it means contacting his former wife. He does not know who is sad or who is mad and who could be dangerous but he needs to find out while various twists throw up different questions and directions. Like the magic mentioned in the book Wilkinson is a skilled writer especially where the sleight of hand is used to create a literary illusion that he uses as device to give you the clues, but whether you pick them up is a different matter. There are enough twists in the novel to make fusilli pasta which helps to make this an exciting and enjoyable reads.

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