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The Burning Men: The first in a gripping, gritty and red hot crime series

Will Shindler

8 Reviews

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Crime & mystery

The first in a phenomenal new procedural series from a new voice in British crime writing

'AN UNMISSABLE DEBUT' Sunday Express Magazine


Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.

When a development in South London catches fire mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters runs in to save a man spotted at the window.

They come out without a body. They quit the service. They plan never to speak to each other again.

Five years later one of them is set alight at his own wedding. Soon after, a second is found, nothing but a smoking corpse. It appears that someone knows what they did that night. What they chose over their duty. And there are still three men left to burn . . .

DI Alex Finn and his new partner DC Mattie Paulsen are an unlikely pairing, but they need to discover who is behind these killings before the next man faces the fire.

This is first in Will Shindler's Finn and Paulsen series - a British detective series that ranks with Mark Billingham, M.J. Arlidge, Stuart MacBride.

***Order the second novel in the Finn and Paulsen series, THE KILLING CHOICE, now!***



'Well-constructed and cleverly penned, this is one that starts strongly, continues powerfully and ends with a very satisfying bang. It's about consequences, consciences and morals intertwined with some gruesome scenes and a thumping good ride'

'A real page turner. I loved this book . . . There must be more of these two, they are fascinating. More please, equally well thought out, equally well written . . . please. SOON!'

'If, like me, you are the kind of reader who likes to be in on the ground floor of a brand-new series, then get The Burning Men on your pre-order to be read lists because this is one of those times . . .'

'This is a great read about greed and treachery. An engaging, exciting read which I read in one sitting. Lots of red herrings, twists and turns'

'I absolutely loved it, it drew me in from the first page and didn't let go until the end. I cannot wait to read the next book by this author'

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Praise for The Burning Men: The first in a gripping, gritty and red hot crime series

  • Arresting... an unusual novel with a rising sense of menace - The Sunday Times

  • An unmissable debut - Sunday Express S Magazine, Books to look forward to in 2020

  • A gripping debut with well-rounded characters and an intriguing plot. You won't want it to end - Heat

  • The pace is good and Finn is a great character. There is also an excellently portrayed organised crime boss - Literary Review

  • This debut is, simply put, fantastic. It has such a strong opening, you'll be hooked after the first chapter - Yahoo

  • This thriller's hot stuff. A blaze of action and surprises, making it a sure crime debut of the year contender. Shindler's list (sorry!) of successes include an original plot, gasp-out-loud twists and a brilliant new detective team... the case is a humdinger. 10/10 - The Peterborough Telegraph

  • Fans of police novels and dramas will lap up this tale, and as it's the first in the Finn and Paulsen series, I can't wait for the next instalment - Daily Record

  • Blistering debut... this is a gritty and cleverly plotted police drama - the very definition of a page- turner - Culture Fly

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Will Shindler

Will Shindler has been a broadcast journalist for the BBC for over twenty-five years, spending a decade working in television drama as a scriptwriter on Born and Bred, The Bill and Doctors. His time on these leading prime time dramas has given him a rich grounding in authentic police procedure, powerful character development and gripping narratives. He currently combines reading the news on BBC Radio London with writing crime novels and has previously worked as a television presenter for HTV, a sports reporter for BBC Radio Five Live, and one of the stadium presenters at the London Olympics.

He is the writer of The Burning Men, The Killing Choice and The Hunting Ground. The fourth book in the DI Alex Finn series - The Blood Line - will publish in 2023.

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