Cop Matt Proctor, investigating a gruesome murder, is charged with drug dealing corruption and kicked out of the police. He fights to clear his name while hunting down a cyberworld cult that brings killing from computer gaming to the streets - who target Proctor and stalk his daughter Sarah as their next victims.
He also has relationship issues with police colleague Inspector Azzra Mukherjee...
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REVIEW BY NICK OLDHAM, ESTABLISHED CRIME WRITER (Det. Henry Christie novels)
'Welcome to the world of DCI Matt Proctor in Tom Bryson's first thriller, TOO SMART TO DIE. An under pressure Proctor has to deal not only with murder, but also police corruption - a discovery that leads to his ignominious suspension from the police. However, this opens new avenues for Proctor as he stumbles upon a deadly cyberworld cult that threatens Proctor and his family.
Set in the real world - a superbly described West Midlands, the Black Country - very appropriate - Bryson has created a flawed and very real character in Matt Proctor whose life is a mess professionally and personally. This is a great debut from Bryson, who is one to watch out for as is, I hope, Matt Proctor, a character who I think has the legs to front a whole series of novels.'
REVIEW BY SUSAN FLEET, (Boston, USA, Author of Diva, Absolution, Natalie’s Revenge)
‘In Tom Bryson's thriller, TOO SMART TO DIE, a killer is on the loose in Birmingham, England. Detective Chief Inspector Matt Proctor investigates a particularly gruesome murder. He's recently divorced and his 18-year-old daughter lives with him. Unbeknownst to Proctor, she and a woman friend are playing cyber-games with the killer and his creepy cyber-cult gang. In a series of suspenseful encounters, the killer threatens the lives of Proctor and his daughter. Thanks to Bryson's deft descriptions, Birmingham's landscape comes alive, and his portrayal of police corruption is spot on. Hopefully, the budding romance between Proctor and his alluring female assistant will come to fruition in Bryson's next book. DCI Proctor is a complex, well-developed character that deserves a series. I look forward to the next one.’