Lucifer Falls by Colin Falconer, the bestselling Melbourne author, is the first in his new series of detective novels featuring DI Charlie George.
Father Andrew O’Meara is a modern day saint with a Masters degree in psychology. He set up the “Christ is Care” charity organisation for the homeless and those addicted to drugs and alcohol. Local parishioners from the North London borough act as his volunteers. The BBC made a film about his good works and he is held in high esteem by everyone he meets.
Then why is he found savagely crucified in an abandoned chapel in Barrow Fields cemetery?
DI Charlie George and his DS, Jayden Greene, are called to the crime scene. They survey what appears to be a carefully arranged tableau by the perpetrator.
Back at the Essex Road nick they are joined by the rest of the team. This includes DC Lesley Lovejoy from Kensington CID, thrown in at the deep end on her first day.
After an absence of leads to find the killer, a police officer goes missing.
DCI Fergus O’Neal-Callaghan puts the team under intense pressure to solve the initial crime and find the missing officer.
Can they find the answers that will prevent another gruesome death?
There are some wonderful characters in this book. The politically incorrect humour of DS Jayden Greene is a joy and adds light relief to the darker elements of the novel.
The narrative moves along at a compelling pace and there are many suspenseful, edge of the seat moments to satisfy the most dedicated crime reader.
Bring on the next book in the series!
Lucifer Falls is available in paperback, hardback and e-book
About Colin Falconer
Colin Falconer writes crime fiction and historical fiction. He has written twenty-six novels which have been translated into 23 languages.
In between leaving school and securing his latest publishing deal, he found time to chase black witches across Mexico, travel the silk road, and occasionally play the guitar in pubs. His only claim to fame from those days is completing all the verses of ‘All You Need is Love’ during a bar fight in the Stella Maris Sailors Club.
After a short stint in advertising, he became a freelance journalist. He also worked in radio and television before writing novels.
Last year he signed with Little, Brown for the new Charlie George series. ‘Lucifer Falls’ has just been published and ‘Innocence Dies’ is due for publication in October 2019. His new historical fiction novel, Loving Liberty Levine, is published by Lake Union