'The author’s experience as a Kent police officer ensures authenticity, but it’s Nina that lights up the pages.'—Publishers Weekly
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This second book in the DC Nina Foster series (now optioned for a major TV drama) is a taut and gripping police procedural crime novel.
When Nina returns to work after recovering from a near-fatal injury, she’s supposed to be keeping her head down. But the cold case she’s working on – an infamous train crash from 1964 – is no match for the lure of the shootings, drugs deaths and robberies keeping her colleagues busy.
And before long she uncovers crucial new evidence linking the historic crash to the current spate of heroin-related deaths. Once again, she’s back at the centre of a complex case which brings her face-to-face with a network of criminals who will stop at nothing to protect their empire.
Brilliantly plotted and fast-paced, Remember, Remember cements Lisa Cutts’ reputation as a crime author of gripping fiction straight from the front line of modern policing.
Lisa Cutts is also the author of Never Forget (Myriad, 2013).
Brighton and Hove Independent28 February 2015
Oh my goodness. You can tell this is written by a real police officer. Because there’s no alcoholic solitary detective who solves the case single-handedly, while moodily staring out of the window and brooding about his ex-wife. This is about a believable, real person in the shape of DC Nina Foster. She has returned to work after a near-fatal injury and she’s supposed to be taking it easy. She’s given a cold case to work on, but gradually uncovers a link from the past that makes the current cases her colleagues are working on – a spate of heroin-related deaths, shootings, and robberies – relevant. DC Foster is brought face to face with a network of criminals who will do anything to protect their empire.
The camaraderie of the police officers in this book breathes new life into a crowded genre of detective novels. If you love detective books, you are going to adore this one: fast-paced, brilliantly-plotted, and – very importantly (for me, anyway) – every single word of it credible.
Plaudits were rightly heaped upon Lisa Cutts following the publication of her first novel, Never Forget... Cutts is a serving police officer – a fairly unique USP for a crime writer – and the attention to detail was one of the best things about her debut. Of course, that’s the case again here; she gives a warts-and-all insider’s insight into police procedure, but without making the reader feel as bogged down in paperwork as the officers do. A lot of contemporary police procedurals take a similar stance, but Cutts’s writing has an added authenticity that’s totally compelling. Her job isn’t Cutts’ only selling point, though – she’s also a skilled writer. The plotting is deceptively intricate and the pacing, combined with short chapters, keep you turning the pages. Without wanting to give too much away, there’s also a nicely creepy villain. It’s a welcome return for Nina (and for her entertaining colleague Wingsy). Never Forget was optioned for TV at the beginning of the year, so hopefully we’ll even be seeing her on our screens soon. Cutts’ success is much deserved, and I look forward to the next book.