So it’s 2019 and this is my first review of the new year! I’ve had Killer Intent sat on my bookshelf since July 2017 when Tony Kent was giving out proofs at the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Fast forward twelve months and Mr Kent was again giving out proofs, this time for his follow up Marked For Death. I sheepishly admitted to him I’d not read Killer Intent and at that moment promised myself I would read it before the year was out. Not cutting it fine at all, I started it on Christmas Eve! And fingers crossed I’ll be reading and reviewing Marked For Death ready for its publication day next month!
Big thanks to Tony Kent for my copy of Killer Intent.
An assassin’s bullet. A deadly conspiracy. But who is calling the shots?
‘A twisty, action-packed conspiracy thriller. Kent knows how to bring the thrills’ — MASON CROSS, author of the Carter Blake series
When an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of explosive events across London, Britain’s elite security forces seem powerless to stop the chaos threatening to overwhelm the government.
As the dark and deadly conspiracy unfolds, three strangers find their fates entwined: Joe Dempsey, a deadly military intelligence officer; Sarah Truman, a CNN reporter determined to get her headline; and Michael Devlin, a Belfast-born criminal barrister with a secret past.
As the circle of those they can trust grows ever smaller, Dempsey, Devlin and Truman are forced to work in the shadows, caught in a life-or-death race against the clock, before the terrible plot can consume them all.
What Did I Think?
I hold my hands up; I don’t normally read conspiracy thrillers but this one did grab my attention with its blurb.
But it’s not just a conspiracy thriller. No siree, it showed elements of a criminal investigation without the police procedural behind it. With security services, barrister and CNN reporter trying to solve the suicide/accidental death/murders, it’s something that little bit different which makes it stand out from the crowd.
Tony Kent has created some larger than life characters that as I read, I visualised them playing the story out as if it were on a screen before me!
Who is Michael Devlin? He starts as a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom but he’s no ordinary barrister! He’s got hidden depths and a history to be unravelled. With Devlin’s Irish connection, I began to question what I knew of the history of the Irish tension and The Troubles. Mr Kent cast doubt in my mind as to what I knew. Was this new information a work of fiction or was there an element of truth to what I was reading?
Who is Stanton, this puppeteer of epic proportions? Orchestrating the removal of individuals at the drop of a hat, manipulating “Joshua” and others to do his bidding. He’s a man with power, a dangerous man at that! I had my suspicions as I read but they weren’t dead certs in the slightest!
Killer Intent is a blooming brilliant thriller taking components of spy, conspiracy, legal and police procedural to neatly weave together a fast paced, adrenaline packed thriller. This is a cracking debut from Tony Kent (how is this a debut???!) and I’m really looking forward to reading Marked For Death.
Who Is Tony Kent?
Tony Kent grew up in a close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland.
A regular at London’s Old Bailey, Tony’s case history includes prosecuting and defending many high-profile, nationally reported trials.
Before his legal career Tony boxed internationally as a heavyweight and won a host of national amateur titles.
Tony’s love of crime thrillers was inspired by powerhouse writers like Lee Child, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, David Baldacci and Frederick Forsyth.