Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller

Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller

by Will Patching

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Obsession, lust and revenge... Part murder mystery, part psychological chiller, this unique, dark, serial killer thriller is a real page turner.

'A tale of twisted minds, psychopathic planning and dark moods... A really enjoyable read.'
'I always felt like I was reading with my hands over my eyes, sort of peeking through my fingers, cringing at what I knew what was coming next...'
'If you like your books gritty, dark with complex characters and a plot that takes you with it to the grand finale then you will enjoy this...'
'Hooked me right from the start, a build up in tension as the book rolls along and some twists that will put a big smile on your face...'
'Not for the lily livered...'
All quotes are from independent reviews.

A tense, disturbing British Crime Thriller full of suspense, intriguing twists and a double figure bodycount... The first of a trilogy featuring the main characters.

In brief:
Criminal profiler Doc Powers tries to unravel the truth about a psychopathic potential parolee in time to prevent him wreaking bloody revenge on those he blames for his incarceration - including Doc himself...

From the back cover of the paperback edition:

Peter Leech is a cunning, devious killer, brutalized by half a lifetime in prison for the vicious murder of his parents. Now he’s up for parole and, one way or another, he wants out.
He's driven by obsessive lust for Judy Finch, a beautiful parole officer who spurned his advances, and his thirst for revenge on those he blames for his conviction.
His nemesis, Doc Powers, the forensic psychiatrist who assessed his mental health for trial, is now on the panel reviewing Leech’s parole application. But Doc fears for his own sanity. His feelings of guilt over his wife’s death and his terrible experiences as a criminal profiler threaten to overwhelm him. Hallucinations haunt Doc as he struggles to convince his colleagues that Leech is a dangerous unreformed psychopath.
A blossoming relationship with Judy helps Doc heal – emotionally and professionally – but he soon discovers he’s ill-prepared for Leech’s re-entry into his life...

Full length novel c123,000 words)

Series information

First in the Remorseless trilogy featuring Doc Powers, Forensic Psychologist, and introducing Detective Inspector Carver, his 'partner in crime'. Their second investigation - Mutilated - launched in late 2016, with the third and final installment of their adventures together expected during the first half of 2017.

Readers who loved this novel also enjoyed books by:

Lee Child, James Patterson, Mo Hayder, Alex Karva, Dean Kootz, Jeffrey Deaver, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, Quentin Jardine, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson, Minette Walters, Brett Easton Ellis, Iain Banks' Wasp Factory, Misery by Stephen King, the Hannibal Lecter novels by Thomas Harris and many more!

If these authors appeal then you may well enjoy this dark, disturbing psychological thriller too.

Please note:

Remorseless has been described as 'brutal, 'intense' and 'frightening' by some readers and is certainly 'not for the faint-hearted'. This is no cozy mystery or standard police procedural...

'Patching goes where other authors fear to tread…' - Top Independent Reviewer

Both law enforcement professionals and 'pscyh' professionals have complimented the author on the authenticity of the psychopathic characters in this novel. This is not a sanitised Hollywood version but as close as you can get - or would want to get - to being inside the mind of a genuine psychopathic killer...

'Seriously scary' - Brian's Book Blog

Product Details

BN ID: 2940033086726
Publisher: Will Patching
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Series: The Remorseless Trilogy: Doc Powers and D.I. Carver Investigate , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 559,244
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Will Patching writes gritty crime stories that mix murder mystery, psychological suspense and intense thrills while offering unique insights into the darker side of human nature. His ‘pull no punches’ style and sparse but often brutal descriptive passages will not suit all readers, so if you are into cozy mysteries you might want to look elsewhere! With complex plots and rounded characters, Will’s novels are necessarily longer than average, usually well over 100,000 words, so these are definitely stories designed for readers who like to really get their teeth into a good yarn! Now considered something of an expert on psychopaths, thanks to his extensive research and personal experience of people with this personality disorder, Will set up a popular website to help lay readers understand these destructive individuals and why their existence is so important to society in general. Please copy and paste into your browser to visit the site: Will’s writing draws heavily on this expertise but his novels are designed to entertain rather than educate – though many readers appreciate both aspects of his writing. He is currently working on completing two trilogies, though each novel is a self-contained story. The Remorseless Trilogy is complete, and the first two novels in The Hack Trilogy are already published with the final instalment (The Hangman) expected early 2018. Personal background: Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA. His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media: ‘Seriously scary!’ Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing. If you would like to know more about this indie author you might like to join Will’s Readers Group. You’ll also gain exclusive access to novel backstories, author insights, prize draws and more, including notification whenever a new novel is released. Please copy and paste this url into your browser to find out more:

Customer Reviews

Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, I grew a bit addicted to it and read it in less than two days. I enjoyed that the love story in it was deeper than most, not just two super hot people getting it on throughout the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shocking some parts not for the faint good thriller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me on the edge of my seat. Will read more fro, this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gruesome and dark but truly made you see the mind of a psychopath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too harsh for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love finding new authors, and Will Patching has me hooked. I know I'll read everything he has then be disappointed waiting for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down! If you fancy works of Elizabeth George, PD James, and the like, you don't want to miss this. By far, the best crime thriller I've had the pleasure of reading in a long while!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your taste runs to dark psychological thrillers with graphic detail you might like this book. After the first 91 pages, I called it quits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most suspenseful works I have ever read. The author is just amazing. The characters draw you in as if you were there. A very readable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book! My heart was thumping i highy recommned
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and stylishly gruesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a decent book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me in suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so into this book i could'nt put it down! It had me on edge from start to finish. I think i found my new best author! Read this book if you dare!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best thriller I've read in years! Getting ready to read the next in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good phsyco thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mental adult theme book Rollercoaster of every emotion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark plot but you can pretty much figure out the details worth a read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jasmine More than 1 year ago
This novel kept be on my toes from beginning to end. The author does a superb job of going into the mind of a vicious serial killer who claims he was unfairly convicted and served many years in prison for a crime he claims he did not commit. This alleged killer has a caustic attitude about life and about people. If you want a thrill ride, read this book. It was well-written and well thought out. I will most likely read more of his books. Enjoy it. You don't whether to hate the character or feel sorry for him.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
This was a really good listen with a wonderful plot. I have never read/listen to anything by this author. He gives a wonderful tale of mystery, suspense with crime and getting inside the head of a criminal. This is a dark book of crimes that will have you with your mouth open. Peter said he is innocence and claims that his brother did the killing and framed him. After serving 18 years of his life sentence he is up for parole putting everyone in a tailspin. The author takes you through his parole hearing, how it affects him and all those around him even his brother and a few doctors. It takes you through him getting out and all he does. There is no doubt this will shock you and surprises you as the author throws in some major twists. I thought I knew where this was going but I was so wrong. The author keeps you guessing at first you feel sorry for one and than the other. Never will you guess the ending and all that comes to pass. I thought for the first time of narration the author didn’t do a bad job. His different character voices are outstanding. He could use a little work on his female voices but they are pleasant. His accent pulls you in and adds to the story. However he needs to work on how to the basics of narrating. He needs to slow down and take a moment between sentences or characters it is not a race to get done. I found it all blended too much together and I had a hard time keeping up. There are some changes in volume and quality of the voice that is very noticeable. With a little work Will could be an outstanding narrator. He did make this a believable story with having the emotions down for each character. As for the rest of the book there were things I wasn’t sure why they were there. I didn’t feel that her ex needed to be gone into as much detail as the author gave. There is one or two other places I thought to much detail were given. However this was a very highly entertaining read/listen that I did really enjoy. True Crime has always been my favorite read. I have always found the mind a mystery of how it works and why some turn out so bad. I never could understand how someone could kill in cold blood or what makes a psychopath. I thought the author did an outstanding job of giving us some thought on this bring in characters that you could relate to and others that will truly shock you. This will leave you questioning our legal system in more than one way. I have to agree life should mean life there should be no parole. This is an action pack read with just the right amount of action give at the correct time. It is a very believable read/listen that is compelling and pulls you in. I would really love to read more from this author and if he takes his time and works on his narration along with a few other issues I would love to listen to more of his audios. If you are into Mystery, Thriller & Suspens, Crime Fiction or Serial Killers this is a book you do not want to miss.
BrianBeerGod More than 1 year ago
Remorseless is a deep and dark look into the mind of a convicted killer. This specific killer was convicted of killing his parents in a brutal murder when he was just a teenager. He maintains his innocence and claims this his brother did it and framed him. He’s served 18 years of his life sentence but is up for parole. The book follows his parole hearing from his side and the side of the parole board. Especially Doc Powers, a clinical psychologist who’s wife has just died in a tragic car accident that he believes is his fault. Remorseless was a kick in the stomach when you’re already down. It’s deep and dark and will make you question the legal system. With all of the media frenzy around the new Netflix show about a wrongly convicted murderer, this book will have you wonder what has to go wrong for someone to get locked up. The look inside the minds of all the characters involved was absolutely fascinating. While I don’t normally read books like this, I may have to start. I’ve always been fascinated (like the author) with the inner workings of the brain, especially those of “cold blooded” killers and so-called “psychopaths.” Patching does a WONDERFUL job with the psychology and inner workings of every character involved. Literally every aspect of this book felt important. Usually with a book this long, there always feels like some pieces were there to add something but you can’t figure out what. With Remorseless, every word, page, and chapter needed to be there. Patching is a force to be reckoned with in the British Crime Thriller genre. Without giving too much away, the second half of the book is brutal and harsh and absolutely a blast to read/listen to. Patching knows pacing well, and paces the action scenes so that they feel realistic and will have you thinking about them long after you’ve closed the page. I found myself thinking about the thing within this book late into the night (thanks for that!) This book was both a page turner and a thought provoker. Usually page turners are full entertainment without much thought. And vice-versa, thought provokers are usually dry and without gusto. This book definitely has both. Overall, I loved this book. The psychology felt super real, the struggles each character was going through were incredibly accurate and made you as a reader feel for them. Remorseless is definitely a book you should pick up and read. Just be warned, this will have you up late (either reading it, or thinking about it).