When a body is found stabbed to death in a notorious Newcastle upon Tyne gay cruising area, Detective Inspector Jack Slade of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team lands the case. What appears to be a robbery gone wrong takes a dramatic turn when the identity of the victim is revealed.
Slade is drawn into a dark underworld and is forced to seek help from people on the fringes of the Newcastle gay scene, Jack finds himself embroiled in a sinister world of sexual exploitation, missing teenagers and murders.
When his unorthodox methods result in the death of a suspect, Slade finds himself suddenly on the outside, shunned by his colleagues and himself a suspect in a homicide. He must uncover the truth about the murders, before he himself becomes a victim.
Not for the faint hearted, ‘Death Rattle’ is a dark and hauntingly realistic tale of corruption, sex and murder, set against the background of a tough Northern city.
This debut novel from crime writer and former police detective, David Jewell.
“A fast moving Police Procedural written with the authenticity of a polished crime writer who knows how cops think, talk and react. It is a dark and disturbing tale full of twists and chilling details.” ~ Barry Stewart Ba, DSM, MPhil, former Detective Chief Superintendent, Northumbria Police
“Potent, dark and authentic crime writing from the North East’s answer to Rankin.” ~ Elliott Kerrigan Writer and Creator of the Award Winning BBC Series, Boy Meets Girl
“The best I’ve read this year…this novel will take your breath away. I really hope that this is going to become a series because I want to see more of Jack Slade.” ~ John Cowton ‘No Quibble Scribble Book Reviews’