If I Should Die by Matthew Frank
English | 2015 | Mystery & Crime | 1.2 MB
If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank.
It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one of the homeless victims dies from his wounds, it’s murder . . .
For the investigation team’s youngest member, Trainee Detective Joseph Stark, death is already all too familiar. Injured in an attack that killed his colleagues, Afghan veteran Stark has enough on his hands just trying to recover without enduring the scrutiny and sideways glances of his new colleagues. The drink and painkillers he’s leaning on to keep him going aren’t helping. And there’s only so long he can ignore the efforts of the military police to speak to him.
When one of the victims fights back it soon becomes clear that there’s much more at stake than gangs preying randomly on society’s weakest members. But as he edges closer to the truth – and to the rotten heart of the crimes – Stark’s own strength is fading. It seems that the ex-soldier’s formidable determination to see justice done may not, this time, be enough to carry him through.
If I Should Die is the first title in a new crime series, and outstanding characterization, pitch perfect dialogue and a powerful twist mark out Matthew Frank as a debut writer to watch. With the introduction of series character and ex-soldier police detective Joseph Stark, fans of Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels will be hooked from the word go.
Matthew Frank lives in Kent with his wife and three young sons. Between family life and work as an architect he tries to squeeze in a bit of mountain biking, scuba diving and midnight writing. If I Should Die is his first novel.