Dead North by Joel Hames

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DEAD NORTH by Joel hames:

The book blurb:

Two dead cops and a suspect who won’t talk.

 Once the brightest star in the legal firmament, Sam Williams has hit rock bottom, with barely a client to his name and a short-term cash problem that’s looking longer by the minute. So when he’s summoned to Manchester to help a friend crack a case involving the murder of two unarmed police officers and a suspect who won’t say a word, he jumps at the chance to resurrect his career.

 In Manchester he’ll struggle against resentful locals, an enigmatic defence lawyer who thinks he’s stepping on her toes, beatings, corrupt cops and people who’ll do anything to protect their secrets. On its streets, he’ll see people die. But it’s in the hills and valleys further north that Sam will face the biggest challenge of all: learning who he really is and facing the ghosts of his past.

 He’s working someone else’s case, and he’s in way over his head. But sometimes you need the wrong man in the right place.

My Thoughts:

There’s nothing quite like a brand new series to get your teeth into and look forward too, is there? Well, look no further than DEAD NORTH. This book introduces us to Sam Williams.

Up in Manchester, the police have a particularly personal case that they’re working on. Two police officers have been brutally murdered and they’re determined to bring the killer to justice. The killer appears in the form of Thomas Carson. A man whom they already hold in custody.

Enter stage left, Sam Williams. Down in London, Sam is struggling with problems of his own.  He’s in a relationship with a woman whom he can’t seem to keep happy. This isn’t helped when you throw into the mix Sams’ flagging career as a lawyer. His inconsistant work life is putting strain not only on him, but the relationship itself. Having to depend heavily financially on his partner has it’s consequences.

Sam gets a call from a member of the Manchester police force. D.I. Roarkes, has asked him if can help them in the search and gathering of any and all relevant information regarding this case. They’re looking for anything that can be used in the prosecution of their suspect.

Now, you would think that the Mancunian force would be happy for all the help they could get in order to ensure justice for their murdered colleagues. Well, you’d be wrong, as was i. Sam comes up against all sorts of problems whilst working this case. Firstly, the suspect refuses to talk (not much of a surprise there). No matter what Sam tries to tell him. Secondly, Sam finds the suspect isn’t the only one giving him the silent treatment. The officers working the case in Manchester don’t appear to have much to say and their offers of help are non-existent.  No matter which way he turns, he finds people who would rather close up shop than share any info.                                                                         So, already having to suffer the disappointment shown from his girlfriend, and open hostility from the northern force, you’d think this poor bloke had suffered enough. Oh no, Sam is having to put with accommodation he would never have chosen and god awful weather to boot.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character and personality of Sam Williams. He had his own set of unique foibles in his personality that shone through. I love it when the author gets a character spot on. One that is believable and someone you can relate too. You feel justified then when you’ve  invested your time and emotions into something. And this was without a doubt worth it all.

I thought that Sam and D.I. Roarkes had a brilliant relationship. In the sense that the author has managed to create a special rapport between the two, this ensures that the reader is engaged with them and is rooting for them.

Oh, but it doesn’t end there! Joel shows off his writing skill as he puts in the same amount of care and detail into the rest of the cast. A whole host of other supporting characters, who are made into individuals (thanks to the authors brilliance.) that join Sam & the D.I. to complete what is an all round satisfying novel.

The whole narrative was extremely well written. A fine example of a brilliant story that has it all and is well executed. It is fast paced from the start and is an excellent example of a police procedural thriller. Written with a fabulous sense of humour (truly British at times) , gritty and full of thrills and spills this is one novel that is guaranteed to suck you in and keep you turning those pages.

Basically? Loved it. A book that shows off Joel Hames at his very best. I know i’ve only just finished this, but i’m already looking forward to the next one!

#PersonalPlea – Please Joel, don’t make me wait too long…


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Author Joel Hames                                            DEAD NORTH

About the author:


Joel Hames lives in rural Lancashire, England, with his wife and two daughters, where he works hard at looking serious and pretending to be a proper novelist. 
After a varied career in London which involved City law firms, a picture frame warehouse, an investment bank and a number of market stalls (he has been known to cry out “Belgian chocolates going cheap over ‘ere” in his sleep), Joel relocated from the Big Smoke to be his own boss. As a result, he now writes what he wants, when he wants to (which by coincidence is when the rest of the family choose to let him). 
Joel’s first novel, Bankers Town, was published in 2014, and The Art of Staying Dead followed in 2015. The novellas Brexecution (written and published in the space of ten days following the UK’s Brexit referendum, with half of the profits going to charity) and Victims were published in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Joel’s website can be found at, where you can find out more about the writer and the books, and sign up to his email newsletter. If you want to know what Joel has planned for the future, what he thinks right now, or just stalk him a little, you can find him on Facebook at or Twitter at @joel_hames. Joel has never seen the word “Joel” appear as frequently as it does right here, and wholeheartedly approves.


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