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1993. A trip to the cinema turns into a nightmare for Anna Young and her little sister Jessica, when two men throw thirteen-year-old Jessica into the back of a van and speed away.
1997. Fifteen-year-old Grace Kirby kisses her mum goodbye and heads off to school. It’s a day like any other, except that Grace will never return home.
2012. Melinda (surname and age unknown) has been missing for weeks. The police would normally be all over it, but Melinda is a prostitute. Women in that line of work are the perfect victims. Most are runaways and drug addicts, leading transient existences. She probably just moved on.
Jessica, Grace and Melinda are not the only ones who have gone missing. There are others. Lots of them. On the surface, their disappearances don’t appear to be connected. But one man is convinced otherwise.
When DI Jim Monahan is called to a fatal shooting, he comes to realise the case is only part of a bigger picture – one that he becomes hell-bent on exposing to the world. But a shadowy ring of powerful people will do anything to prevent that from happening. Over the course of three books, Jim’s investigation leads him down a rabbit hole of murder, depravity and corruption that will test his faith in the law to breaking-point.
From the bestselling author of Blood Guilt and The Lost Ones, comes a hard-hitting trilogy that will have you questioning how far you would go to see justice done.
Angel of Death
(aka Lost Angel in the US and Canada)
The man raised a hand. "Why are you doing this?" he asked, panic sucking at his voice.
Angel studied him with a cold fire behind her eyes, greedily drinking in his fear, savouring its bittersweet taste. "The same reason you did what you did. Because I can."
Murderer? Or heroine? You decide.
Fifteen-year-old Grace Kirby kisses her mum and heads off to school. It’s a day like any other day, except that Grace will never return home.
Fifteen years have passed since Grace went missing. In that time, Stephen Baxley has made millions. And now he’s lost millions. Suicide seems like the only option. But Stephen has no intention of leaving behind his wife, son and daughter. He wants them all to be together forever, in this world or the next.
Angel is on the brink of suicide too. Then she hears a name on the news that transports her back to a windowless basement. Something terrible happened in that basement. Something Angel has been running from most of her life. But the time for running is over. Now is the time to start fighting back.
At the scene of a fatal shooting, DI Jim Monahan finds evidence of a sickening crime linked to a missing girl. Then more people start turning up dead. Who is the killer? Are the victims also linked to the girl? Who will be next to die? The answers will test to breaking-point Jim’s faith in the law he’s spent his life upholding.
From the bestselling author of Blood Guilt, Justice for the Damned, Spider’s Web and The Lost Ones comes a twisting cat-and-mouse thriller that will have you questioning right from wrong. Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza.
What people are saying about Angel of Death
‘An incredible tour de force that will grip you like a vice and keep you in its tight hold until the very last page.’ CrimeSquad.
‘A fast-paced standalone novel that kicks off a three-book story-arc... entertaining, violent and gritty... A thriller and a whodunit (just who is the Chief Bastard?)’ Crime Thriller Hound.
‘An attention grabbing thriller which kept me reading well into the wee small hours... more than a few unexpected twists kept me entertained to the end.’ Grab This Book.
‘The sheer relentless pace of a story as relevant as today’s news sucks in the reader... this accomplished thriller builds to a bloody climax and Cheetham’s denouement provides a satisfying final twist.’ CrimeReview
‘The author has a rare talent for story telling... A gripping read for thriller fans.’ Daz’s Reviews.
‘My first real page turner of the year. You'll not see the twists coming.’ Michael Wood, author of the Matilda Darke Series.
‘The story and pace alone deserves a fantastic rating, but adding in the characters and plot threads it made for an absolutely fantastic read.’ Best British Crime Books & More.
‘The final, final twist, I will admit, caught me out. Jim Monahan is certainly an old time copper with a few tricks up his sleeve.’ Ebookwyrm’s BlogCave.
‘The nature of justice and its moral ambiguities are studied in this fast-paced novel.’ LeftLion Magazine.
“It’s wonderfully written... you really can’t afford to miss this book.” Falcata Times.
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Justice For The Damned
(aka Lost Girls in the US)
She woke up to the realisation that she was lying in an awkward heap on the mattress. Her eyes roamed the room like those of a lost little child. Where am I? she wondered. How did I get here? Then the masked figure loomed into view and she remembered and all the fear came rushing back.
"That’s it," said her captor, his voice tauntingly soft. "Breathe, breathe."
There were no dead young women.
There was no serial killer.
Or at least that’s what they said.
Melinda has been missing for weeks. The police would normally be all over it, but Melinda is a prostitute. Women in that line of work change addresses like they change lipstick. She probably just moved on.
Staci is determined not to let Melinda become just another statistic added to the long list of girls who’ve gone missing over the years. Staci is also a prostitute – although not for much longer if DI Reece Geary has anything to do with it. Reece will do anything to win Staci’s love. If that means putting his job on the line by launching an unofficial investigation, then so be it.
DI Jim Monahan is driven by his own dangerous obsession. He’s on the trail of a psychopath hiding behind a facade of respectability. Jim’s investigation has already taken him down a rabbit hole of corruption and depravity. He’s about to discover that the hole goes deeper still. Much, much deeper...
From the bestselling author of Blood Guilt, Angel Of Death, Spider’s Web and The Lost Ones comes an addictive serial killer thriller that will have you wondering how far you would go to see justice done. Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza.
What people are saying about Justice For The Damned
‘Wow!!! A brilliant book that pulls no punches... If you like crime books, then this is a must read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 Stars.
‘A raw, disturbing and utterly compelling story... the pace doesn't let up until the final pages... you may want to sleep with the lights on after reading.’ CrimeSquad.
‘A gritty tale of troubled relationships... There’s some great black comedy... The ending is, in keeping with the rest of the book, brutal.’ Crime Thriller Hound.
‘Brilliantly unputdownable... The plot has many twists and turns... A must read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 Stars.
‘I did not think Ben Cheetham could get any better but I was wrong. He has simply surpassed himself. Totally brilliant does not even begin to describe Justice for the Damned.’ Amazon reviewer, 5 Stars.
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(aka Lost Sister in the US)
She lay on her back with tears streaming from her eyes and blood from her chin, sobbing over and over to the night sky, "I promised I’d look after her. I promised I’d look after her."
‘So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly...
And merrily did sing, “Come hither, hither, pretty fly...'"
A trip to the cinema turns into a nightmare for Anna and her little sister Jessica, when two men throw thirteen-year-old Jessica into the back of a van and speed away.
The years tick by... Tick, tick... The police fail to find Jessica and her name fades from the public consciousness... Tick, tick... But every time Anna closes her eyes she’s back in that terrible moment, lurching towards Jessica, grabbing for her. So close. So agonisingly close.... Tick, tick... Now in her thirties, Anna has no career, no relationship, no children. She’s consumed by one purpose – finding Jessica, dead or alive.
DI Jim Monahan has a little black book with forty-two names in it. Jim’s determined to put every one of those names behind bars, but his investigation is going nowhere fast. Then a twenty-year-old clue brings Jim and Anna together in search of a shadowy figure known as Spider. Who is Spider? Where is Spider? Does Spider have the answers they want? The only thing Jim and Anna know is that the victims Spider entices into his web have a habit of ending up missing or dead.
From the bestselling author of Blood Guilt, Angel Of Death, Justice For The Damned and The Lost Ones comes a powerful thriller that will break your heart and take your breath away. Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza.
What people are saying about Spider’s Web
‘This is one of the most powerful, disturbing, but brilliantly written books I’ve ever had the privilege to read.’ Breakaway Reviewers.
‘Breath-taking... This really is a fantastic crime thriller full of pace and characters to remember.’ Atticus Finch, Top 500 Amazon reviewer.
‘Such a gripping book, had me on the edge of my seat.’ GoodReads reviewer, 5 Stars.
‘The character of Anna Young is a particular favourite of mine... She's damaged, frightened, dedicated and feisty... Spider's Web is a fast-paced, thoroughly researched, and heart-breaking novel.’ CrimeSquad.
'A tough case for DI Jim Monahan... demonstrating Cheetham's gritty authority in a novel that grips the reader by the throat.' Good Books Guide.
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