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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire.Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.Within forty-eight hours, their in ...more
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Published November 1st 2018 by Urbane Publications
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Dash fan
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ A Suspenseful Crime Thriller

Implant is a pacy crime thriller that is suspenseful and gripping.

This is the first book I have read by Clark and I'm intrigued to read more.

When Detectives Gardener and Reilly are called out to what they believe to be a regular break in.
They are horrified at what they discover.
To be honest it gave me chills!

They find a man crucified to a wall and his lips sewn together.
As you can see not your normal break in.
But even more intriguing was the tarot card left for
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW,this author certainly doesn't hang around,quick introduction to two of the main characters and then the reader is launched into a gripping tale of mystery and intrigue that is packed full of twists and has some innovative murders that Jigsaw himself would have been proud of.

It all begins with a mysterious phone call to the small community police station in Bramfield near Leeds at 3am informing the police that they need to check out the hardware store in town because the front door is wide op
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Revenge is a dish best served cold ...

I never read a book by this author before and I truely regret it. I can't start to imagine the amount of research that was needed to make this story come alive, but I certainly appreciate that.

The methods the killer used were original and clever but sadistic w!thout a doubt. The book was fluently written and the little bits of humour that were added, increased the reading pleasure.

I guessed who was behind all the cruelty rather early on, but it did not, in t
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Stefanie Rls
Although 'Implant' isn't the first book around Gardener and Reilly I didn't get the feeling that I missed out on a lot of things because I hadn't read the first two installments. There are of course some background stories, but you can't get around that in a series. The thing is that Ray Clark doesn't give a lot away to be able to read the other books and enjoy them fully and that little thing made me like the author immediately. He doesn't just write for his existing fans, but also for the pote ...more
Nicola Parkinson
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I’d like to state, unbeknowing to me I have jumped right into book 3 of the Gardner and Reilly series. But this hasn’t effected my review (or at least I don’t feel like it has)

Each chapter of the book has a time frame from when the crime starts, loved this about the book! The story kicks off on a high with a break in, a locked basement and then the discovery of Alex Wilson nailed to the wall!

A total OMG moment!!

Gardner and Reilly are sent on what feels like a wild goose chase by a totally
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
An early morning call leads the police to the body of Alex Wilson, a petty crook, nailed to the wall of his uncle’s hardware store. But why did he end up kill in such a grisly way?

Another body turns up, it’s up to Reilly and Gardener to stop this sick killer before someone else ends up dead.

So this is the third in the Gardener and Reilly, which I actually didn’t realise before I picked this up. I did feel like I’d missed a little of the characters’ back story but it didn’t spoil my overall enjoy
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me say this book is not for delicate hearts; it's gore, with high doses of doubtful moral and with drops of dark humour. Let me be clear, I liked very much the story and I finished within a few hours but if you don't like blood or stories with a doubtful morality, this is not for you, but you'll be losing the chance to read a very addictive book!
I was quite surprised with this book, I found the murder method original and surprising, I will not tell you any spoilers, but it was delicate, orig
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** Trigger warning: mildly to middlin’ graphic violence.

Implant is second in Clark’s Gardener & Reilly mystery/ suspense series. After the tortured remains of a young man are found in the basement of a hardware store, detectives Gardener and Reilly are called to the drowsy hamlet of Bramfield to investigate. The body of Alex Wilson offers many surprises for the investigators. He is bound to a frame, crucified in a manner. Wired into the body, like a Frankenstein experiment gone wrong, an in
Misfits farm
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A seemingly small potential crime of a shop having its doors open in the middle of the night leads the team to a rather strange case. Many years beforehand they had a case where the perpetrator left “clues” and this one is beginning to appear the same. There is one added factor- murder. A body is found in the basement of the shop. What could a tarot card, messages that appear be be from an old board game and the character of Inspector Catcher have to do with the crime? Detectives Stewart Gardene ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the embodiment of what a well written psychological thriller should be.  The characters are highly developed and complex with a variety of traits and different sides to their personalities.  Detectives Gardener and Reilly are protagonists with their witty banter and sharp sleuthing skills who are well-suited to hunt down the merciless antagonist, The Tooth Fairy.  I don't want to give anything away, so let's just say the nickname is a bit ironic.  The plot is remarkably twisted and ...more
Julie Morris
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Gardener and Reilly series and I must admit I have not read the first two but this was not a problem as the book works perfectly as a standalone although I am sure that it would have been interesting to know more of the recurring characters’ back stories if I had read the first two before starting this one.

The blurb makes the book sound very gruesome and I went in to it with some trepidation but actually, although the murders are disturbing and unpleasant, I found t
Joy Corkery
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I was shocked to find that Implant was part of an already established series. I guess I had my suspicions when past incidents were adhered to in some places, but for the most part, I was convinced this was a standalone book. So, don’t worry about not having had the acquaintance of Gardener and Reilly earlier, Implant proves their worth on its own.

For me, this book is police crime drama at its finest. There were many strand
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The British Fantasy Society published Ray Clark's first work in 1995 - Manitou Man: The World of Graham Masterton, was nominated for both the World and British Fantasy Awards. In 2009, Ray's short story, Promises To Keep, made the final shortlist for the best short story award from The Tom Howard Foundation. Ray is based in Goole, and has set his Gardener and Reilly crime series in nearby Leeds.
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