Where The Dead Fall by MJ Lee

Genre: Thriller
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4’5/5

About The Book

One chance encounter, one street side murder, will change everything. The extraordinary new Ridpath crime thriller
DI Ridpath is in the process of getting his life back together when everything goes wrong.
Driving to meet his daughter, he is caught in a gruesome motorway accident, in which a near-naked man is rundown by a lorry, while fleeing from a lone gunman. As Ridpath closes Manchester’s road network in search of the assailant, one question remains: why did nobody else see him?
Ridpath’s investigations soon unearth a number of inconsistencies, which pulls the police force itself into question, and hint at something sinister to come.
For Manchester is on the brink of a fresh surge of violence unlike anything it has seen in decades, and Ridpath must battle this unprecedented conflict along with his own demons. One thing is for sure. There will be blood on the streets…

My Thoughts

I didn’t know how much I missed Ridpath cases till I started reading his new case! This book was my perfect antidote for my jet lag, I couldn’t sleep at all the night I read this book, but I had good company all night! 😉
This will be a really personal case for the DI Ridpath, when a few suicides are committed and no one sees any connection between them, DI Ridpath will have to investigate alone to search for a relation between the victims and a possible motive for their deaths, be prepared for mobs, vengeance and a difficult case that will make a race against the clock for the police if they want to stop their worst nightmare, a gang war.
This is a police procedural book, a deep view of how the detectives and the coroner work on a case; their investigation, the autopsy and the interrogation, but most important of all, the human side of each case, the friendship, collaboration and respect between detectives. Of course sometimes you can feel rivalry or even dislike, we are all humans, are we?
I don’t want to talk much about the case, I don’t want to slip any spoiler, it’s interesting and intriguing, and it has a little twist, so be prepared!
I don’t know if you know DI Ridpath but he is recovering from cancer, having still to go each month to his appointments at the hospital to check that he is still in remission, and I think that’s why I connected so much with him. How he explains the solitude you feel waiting at the doctor waiting room to know if you are still in remission or you need treatment, that’s one of my last memories with my mother; the fear, the cold sweat, the time going slowly… He is still recovering but this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have to take care of his health, of course you can guess that is not doing it… and his problems with his wife and daughter are getting much worse lately… we’ll see how it ends.
This is an amazing read; the case, the characters and the story per se, nail bitting and unstoppable, DI Ridpath will be your favourite detective from now on!

About The Author

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.