It’s Monday so it’s the start of a new week and I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Dan Laughey’s Chloe: Never Forget.
If you missed my review of Chloe: Lost Girl (the first in the Carl Sant series) on Saturday, you can read it by clicking on this link!
Thanks to Rachel Gibley of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of Chloe: Never Forget.
An off-duty detective gunned down. A dead woman. A student missing, feared dead. And now, a former policeman in search of his past. All these people, dead or alive, have one thing in common. D.I. Carl Sant must discover what it is.
A series of cold-case enquiries leads D.I. Sant and his colleagues to investigate a botched assassination plot dating back to the 1980s. The deeper they dig into the case, the more secrets are revealed, including shocking connections to the infamous National Front.
Meanwhile, the memory of former P.C. Tanner, survivor of the assassination horror, is beginning to recover. Sant must find Tanner, and find out who is behind it all – before his superiors lose their rag and more lives are lost.
What Did I Think?
Chloe: Never Forget picks up where it’s predecessor left off. Carl Sant is in the midst of the investigation into the murder of Sergeant Dryden. Will he find the killer and the missing Chloe?
As with Lost Girl, I loved the Leeds references but this time round, there were more references to a bygone city. A city that I didn’t know as well so my imagination was challenged more than before.
The story took me along at a furious pace. I was chasing round the streets of Leeds, hot on the trail of Chloe and the gunman. There are bags of twists, turns and surprises along the literary way. I seriously needed to know the conclusion to this brace of crime thrillers.
I highly recommend reading both books to get the full appreciation of the investigation that faced Carl Sant. The two Chloe books are a great pair of books and I’m impressed with Dan Laughey’s leap into crime fiction.
Who Is Dan Laughey?
Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.
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