A gripping organized crime thriller

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Pub Date 15 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 12 Jun 2024

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The past catches up with a mobster who has tried to go clean.

When the head of an organized crime gang who had become a respectable businessman is found dead by shotgun in his home, the police force know it can’t be suicide.

Barry Dancer was a man of many talents, including getting in trouble. But he had given up crime to build a business empire and leave a legacy to his wife and children.

There is no shortage of people who could have wanted “The Dancer” dead. And Detective Inspector Penelope Darling is not afraid of ruffling a few feathers to get to the truth.

Darling knows a trip down memory lane in the Newcastle criminal underworld is on the cards but her adversary has a few tricks up their sleeve. Can she bring the killer to justice?

IN THE FAMILY is the first in a brand-new series of crime fiction titles by Martyn Taylor. If you like thrillers with a tinge of noir and some humour, you’ll enjoy his books.

Look out for MEN IN SUITS, the second book in this series available soon from Amazon.

The past catches up with a mobster who has tried to go clean.

When the head of an organized crime gang who had become a respectable businessman is found dead by shotgun in his home, the police force...

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Barry Dance, "The Dancer", a former criminal , now businessman, is murdered, and inexperienced Detective inspector Penny Darling is in charge of the case to find the killer. She has the support of her mentor and senior officer Milburn, and is assisted by Morton, an old school police officer, and Reid, a former colleague, now private detective. They are all good characters and there's a lot of humour in the dialogue.
The killer is revealed early on in the book, and the team search for evidence so they can charge the culprit. This is an enjoyable police procedural with a good plot. I look forward to the next book in the series. Recommended.

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In the Family by Martyn Taylor was a quick and gripping organized crime thriller.
I love anything organized crime and gang related.
This story really did keep me flipping the pages and intrigued till the very last page.

Thank You NetGalley and The Book Folks for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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I really enjoyed this book and found the characters to be authentic, particularly DI Penny Darling. The story is well paced and engaging throughout. Looking forward to the next instalment in this series.

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This is a gripping, utterly authentic new crime thriller that starts with the pace of a runaway train and doesn't stop.
The corrupt world of elderly gangsters is evoked with skill, and Tyneside is hewn from flesh and blood in all its stark contrasts.
The plot is very character driven and I can't wait to read more investigations undertaken by DI Penelope Darling. The other female characters - Ekaterina, Kitty and Mrs Bainbridge - are also drawn with razor-sharp precision, overshadowing the two sons of the murdered ex-gangster and the man who likes people to think he is ex-SAS.
This is really gritty stuff: no nonsense coppers in a hard Northern landscape. I definitely intend to follow this series.

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This uses the crime thriller element perfectly, it had everything that I wanted from this book. The atmosphere was tense and suspenseful, I was hooked from start to finish. The characters were what I was expecting and glad they felt realistic in this setting. Martyn Taylor has a great writing style and can’t wait for more.

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