1945. Gli orrori della guerra hanno da poco lasciato il posto alla pace quando il colonnello dei servizi segreti britannici Albert Ruck riceve l’incarico di interrogare un medico nazista autore di terribili esperimenti sui prigionieri del lager di Buchenwald. Ma pochi giorni dopo il medico, Schneider, viene trovato in fin di vita e le indagini sui suoi crimini e sulle sue ricerche sulla stricnina si interrompono bruscamente.
Sessantacinque anni dopo, l’avvocato ed ex ispettore di polizia Charlie Priest riceve una visita non gradita: un uomo, fingendosi un agente di polizia, lo aggredisce nel suo studio e gli intima di consegnargli una misteriosa chiavetta. Sfuggito all’attacco, Priest scopre l’identità del suo aggressore: si tratta di Miles Ellinder, scapestrato rampollo tossicodipendente della famiglia che gestisce una delle maggiori case farmaceutiche del Regno Unito. Ma scopre anche che, la stessa notte del loro incontro, Ellinder è stato trovato morto in uno dei magazzini del padre.
Sospettato dell’omicidio, per dimostrare la propria innocenza Priest si ritrova a indagare sulla misteriosa Casa dell’Ephemera, una società segreta che risale agli ultimi giorni della seconda guerra mondiale, legata a una serie di delitti efferati… Mentre Priest cerca di salvare se stesso, potrà impedire alla storia di ripetersi?
- ISBN: 8830448869
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 384
I'm stunned at the professionalism and high quality writing of this brilliant book considering James Hazel is a new author and voice in the world of chilling and high octane thrillers! I was well and truly hooked from the very first grisly page, where the author holds nothing back in the horrendous d Leggi tutto
“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” ― Primo Levi The Mayfly begins with the discovery of a badly mutilated body in a cabin, deep in the woods. This very much Leggi tutto
This is a great debut from James Hazel, the first in the Charlie Priest series. There are some great reviews already on this so I will keep this succinct. Charlie is a divorced ex-cop turned successful lawyer specialising in fraud investigations. His practice consists of a diverse set of able collea Leggi tutto
This is a creepy thriller that alternates between 2 time lines that link disturbing events in the present to a horrific chapter from the past. In the present, DCI Tiff Rowlinson attends a gruesome scene in an isolated cabin in south Wales. So he’s more than a little surprised when British attorney g Leggi tutto
Actually more like 4.5 stars. This is the story of Charlie Priest, who was a police officer but is now a lawyer. Charlie is drawn into a case involving murder and the trail leads back to the end of the second world war. I didn't know much about this book going in, and I think that's probably the best Leggi tutto
Wow I loved The Mayfly. More than I expected to (always a good thing) and that is probably down to the completely compelling characters (Charlie Priest my newest book crush) and the rest (Georgie my newest girl crush) plus the brilliantly horrific plot which does get right under your skin. **slight
Wowzers! This is an absolute firecracker of a debut novel that pulls together some remarkable characters, a fiendishly clever motive, some very brutal deaths and tops it off with an irreverent sense of humour that draws it together perfectly. The resulting novel, The Mayfly, introduces a former Dete Leggi tutto
There was something about The Mayfly that attracted me, even though it doesn’t really fit in with my tastes. I don’t like books where the main character is “ex-police turned lawyer/journalist/PI” etc, but the fact that this was to do with a secret society and it drew in links back from history made Leggi tutto
Fast paced, gritty, and full of intrigue, The Mayfly lived up to my high expectations and left me wanting more. It had my attention from page one and kept me devouring it until the very end. The characters are well crafted - Charlie Priest is a great new protagonist, not your typical Detective. In fa Leggi tutto
Finished reading: June 3rd 2017 "I don't know what history will remember me as. A murderer? A scientist? A revolutionalist? I suppose it depends who writes the textbook you're reading. But history will remember me." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bonnie
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