Geoff Brookes ’s first novel is an atmospheric murder mystery set in Victorian Swansea in 1880, evoking a convincing portrayal of life in a nineteenth century Welsh town, using authentic locations and voices and the first in a series featuring Inspector Rumsey Bucke
Geoff Brookes spent his professional life as a teacher in Leicester and in two Swansea Comprehensive schools. His writing career began with pieces in The Independent and he was soon writing regularly for The Times Education Supplement. He is a featured writer for Welsh Country Magazine and the author of a number of books about Swansea’s history.
With this background it is not surprising that In Knives We Trust by Geoff Brookes is a page turner.
Inspector Rumsey Bucke, a still-grieving widower, must find Daniel Guy who has tried and failed to murder his own wife. He tracks him steadily through the murky streets of Swansea’s poorest communities, with little help from a corrupt and incompetent police force. Two fatal stabbings, which may or may not be connected, put Bucke’s position under threat from a scheming superior. However, he finds the will and the support to change his life from an unlikely source, the wife of a prime murder suspect. As he finally confronts his own sorrow, he discovers that terrible secrets lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary lives around him. No one can ever escape from the secret burdens they carry with them.
The story from Geoff Brookes continues asthere are unknown figures lurking in the shadows and assassins are involved in a clandestine war on the streets of the town, ready to kill the innocent to protect themselves. Who is the murderer? Is it Daniel Guy? Is it someone else? Just how many murderers are there? And if, as they say, justice is blind, are there occasions when the law should be blind too?
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