When Mark Poynter discovers a murder on his worksite all of his financial problems suddenly seem a lot closer to home: was this a warning his debts are overdue?
Suspected of being the killer and worried at being the intended victim, the murder only makes Mark’s money problems worse, leading him go turn to the local villain, Hamlet, who has his own unique repayment plan in mind for Mark.
When two or more deaths plunge him even further into debt, Mark finds himself faced with a choice – help the police and clear his name or help the villain and clear his debt.
Set in the Medway Towns on the grey margins of criminality, where no job’s too big, no dodge’s too small…
Death of a painter is the first in a new series of darkly comic crime fiction novels featuring the beleaguered builder Mark Poynter, aided and hindered in equal measure by his trusted crew of slackers, idlers and gossips, and the lengths they go to just to earn a living.
Firstly take a look at this amazing cover. This has to be my favourite Red dog cover to date. Its stunning and reminds me of my favorite pen from when i was younger. Yes i am a stationary geek.
I loved this story and the main charcter – it was kind of like a Mark Poynter biography and i grew a big connection to him. As the story progressed i willed him to find out what i needed to find out so he was safe.
This is one guy who went through a hell of a lot, and he didnt deserve it at all. He is a good lad and just wants to live and work and get on with his life peacefully – but everyone else has differnt plans for him and he doesnt see a way out, or there isnt one.
This was an excellent progressive story that started off slow and continued to build throughout the pages.