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The Lost Children

(Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson #2)

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Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A MAN SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE.

An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmarks of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the
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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published August 26th 2018 by Joffe Books
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Beata
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I would like to thank Steve Parker, Joffe Books and Netgalley for providing me generously with ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
This is the second book with Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks but for me it was the first one. There is reminiscence of Paterson's previous case which helps the reader to get to know both Ray and Johnny better.
The novel covers several themes which have been in the news and films over the last decade and which should be
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Louise Wilson
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Superintendent Ray Parker #2

When an elderly African man is found dead, he had been shot through the head. The killing has the hallmark of a professional assassin.

It's DS Ray Patersons first day back at work. He had been temporarily suspended. He has been teamed up,with newly promoted DI Johnny Clocks. The men have previously not got along but they will have to learn to gel together. They have been called out to investigate the shooting of a man which leads them to discover another
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Linda Strong

DS Ray Paterson is back to work after a temporary suspension. With him is recently promoted DI Johnny Clocks. The two men have not been friends, but their working relationship is finally starting to gel.

Being called to investigate the shooting of a man outside a dubious church leads them to the discovery of another body .. that of a young child.

Paterson and Clocks must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever come across before.

This is an excellent
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Cheryl
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faaar out! This is a 4.5 star action packed read. I'm still confused as to why I've become so enamored with this series - good guys being VERY bad cops (as well as just plain bent ones!) The main characters can play a dirty game when having to cope with the cards they're dealt; this series centres around justice rather than following the letter of the law.
Janet Newport
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc.

I enjoyed the 1st book of this series -- Their Last Words -- and hoped this one would be a good for me. It was better! The story has the same fast pace and the graphic goriness of the first book but the character development was better. In some respects, Ray is still the little spoiled rich boy, but he did show definite signs of maturity and strong character. That probably in part due to his new 2nd in command - Johnny Clocks. A surprise, Somebody
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Books 'n' All  Promotions
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am not really sure where to start with this one. I love adrenaline pumping thrillers, the more explicit the better and the first book in this series ticked every box so I was very excited to read this one. It is heart rending in parts, shockingly so but unfortunately it is also very realistic and I truly believe this does happen even in today's 'modern society' so on with the book......

What we have here is a complex story with many strands and the reader is taken on a rocky road trip to
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Marion
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the series featuring DS Ray Patterson and what a book it is!. This time we find Patterson teamed with DI Jonny Clocks following his return to work. If he was hoping to ease himself back into it he had no hope.
Day one starts when they are called to the shooting of a man who has had his head blown off outside his "church".
On examination of the crime scene the body of a young boy is discovered. The childs body has been dismembered. A ritualistic sacrificial killing?
A tale
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Trupti Mukundan
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gripping crime thriller! Got me hooked from the very beginning. The two principal characters are not your holier than thou heroes. They have grey shades, a terrible past and a certain liking to break the rules! You can’t help getting drawn to their characters. The main double murder plot Is itself gruesome and spine chilling - it is not for the faint hearted. The details of some of the events are gut wrenching. The author manages to keep the tempo going till the very last line of the book even ...more
Annette
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely brilliant, it's a hold your breath kind of a read. Pretty gruesome in places, but it has to be for the book to get and hold your full attention. It is the second one in the series but could be read as a stand alone as there's plenty of background information on the characters but I prefer to read books in order. I think it is amazing how the story unfolds with all the different aspects to consider. Could something like this actually happen? probably
Amanda
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in the series ‘Their Last Words’ featuring Detective Superintendent Ray Peterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks and I have impatiently been waiting for the second book in the series. Well the wait is over as ‘The Lost Children’ by Steve Parker was published by Joffe Books on 26th August 2018. When I was able to grab a copy ,I did and I dived straight in. Bloody hell what an amazing read it is. I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
I have to say that I
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Denise Zendel
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
n his first day back to work after being on leave for a case that went horribly wrong all the way around, Detective Superintendent Ray Patterson is greeted with the case of an elderly African man found dead in the street, shot through the head, and next to him is the dismembered torso of a child. Within days of the murders, Patterson and his team know whodunit, but seethe when they are forced to release the killers due to diplomatic immunity. The case involves witchcraft, child sacrifice, greed, ...more
Joanna Larum
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in a new series by a new author. It can be read as a stand alone but the reader would be missing out on so much if he/she didn't read the first book Their Last Words. That one blew my mind and this one goes so much further.
Detective Superintendent Ray Patterson is now teamed with Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks - chalk and cheese but they work so well together. The story begins with the death of a man in the street, shot through the head by an obvious marksman but nearby, the
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Simon Leonard
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in what looks like a very exciting and gruesome series. Even though it is book 2 in the series it can be read on it's own, although book one was brilliant so I would recommend reading that one as well.

If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn't afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the
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M. Russell
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book featuring millionaire policeman Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson, and his very irreverent side kick, Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks and begins on the day DS Paterson returns to work.

On his first day back he starts with a murder investigation, which speedily turns into two when a casual glance in a skip reveals a truly horrific second body. No spoilers so I won’t reveal what is actually found, but if you’ve just eaten don’t read it for a couple of hours!

This is a
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Simon Leonard
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in what looks like a very exciting and gruesome series. Even though it is book 2 in the series it can be read on it's own, although book one was brilliant so I would recommend reading that one as well.

If you have read book 1 then you will know Steve isn't afraid to use bad language and include graphic scenes in his books, and this one is no different so be warned the is bad language, I counted over 10 swear words in the prologue alone, but they fit perfectly within the
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Dawn
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a detective pairing which shouldn't work, they know it shouldn't work but it does. They are chalk and cheese, the rich, privileged man who wants to be useful and the working class man with an attitude. Somehow they balance each other out and create an effective team. Neither is afraid to cut corners or take an unconventional route to find the answers or solutions they need.

Be aware that the subject behind this story may seem far fetched but it is hard, brutal, sadly all too real and has
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M D
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
DI Paterson is a typical, average billionaire that likes to work as a cop. Long hours, thankless job, bad coffee, getting shot at. Typical. DI Clocks is a sidekick in every way. Rough around the edges, bad mannered, ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, likable. They say that police work is 90% boredom, and from reading this book, I believe it. My main complaint is having to sit through exhausting, boring, meaningless police meetings. There are too many in this book and they don’t do much to get the story ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.
Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back at work after his suspension and his no.2 is DI Johnny Clocks. The men didn't really click in the previous book, but in this second of the series they form a firm working relationship, with some very funny dialogue. I hope and assume they will become firm friends as well in subsequent books.
The crimes are horrendous, not for the faint of heart. Normally I would avoid reading books like that, but Steve
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Linda
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what can I say about this book? This is probably one of the most powerful stories of crime that I have ever read. The frightening thing is that it’s based on a true story. Steve Parker is an ex-policeman in the Metropolitan Police, so his knowledge of police procedures is second to none and it certainly shows in his writing. This story is extremely well written and exciting from the very start, although it is very dark and sinister and chills you to the bone. All the way through there are ...more
Margaret Gracie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced

The only mistake i made was not finding out if there was a previous book. Don't know about the first one but this one was fab great characters although a disgusting murder, the humour is fantastic. Sometimes you didn't know whether to laugh or cry definitely one of my unputdownable s as this was a word I made up only a few authors get it read the first one before this now I have to read that one now. A BIG THANK YOU to all authors who sign up with kindle unlimited i have read thousands
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Michele Zito
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This second book by Steve Parker was just as good as the first one. The story line was excellent as was the style of writing. From past reviews by readers , some are offended by the language and the frequency of the word F..ck but if you read a lot of other novels you will find that this is quite common. I am quite sure that in real life situations police procedures are somewhat difficult and that often all persons connected to the investigations of murders, rapes etc.. are so frustrated that ...more
Nerys Roberts
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Det Super Ray Paterson and DI John Clocks have been called to the scene of a shooting. A man has been shot by a sniper and police officers on the scene have also found the mutilated body of a young child. The ensuing investigation leads Paterson and Clocks into the murky world of African witchcraft, a conspiracy between people in Africa and Britain and a mysterious sniper known as “The White Ghost’.

This is the second book in the Ray Paterson series and, like the first one, I thoroughly enjoyed
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Dee
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Susan
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being cleared of killing a suspect Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is back on the job. His first investigation involves the shooting of a man by a sniper. But this is only the begining. Horrendous events will be uncovered.
Because of the subject not a particularly enjoyable read but an interesting one. It certainly kept my interest right to the end. I did enjoy the interactions between the main characters though and look forward to the next in the series.
Received an ARC from Joffe
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R.L.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this second Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson book much better than the first. I liked it because Paterson seems to have gotten a bit better, though I was disappointed about the cocaine(really?). I liked it because Clocks has turned out to be much more endearing. I liked it because it was about justifiable homicide, which is an unusual concept to be set in the UK, me-thinks. All around the story fits together well. Though my one negative thought about it was the ending with the safe ...more
Martha Brindley
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book to feature Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks and this book packs a mighty punch. Very graphic in parts, great character development and corruption at the highest level in an international setting. Ritualistic murder of children is not an easy topic to write about but this is an exceptional plot. It's an easy 5 stars from me. A cracking roller coaster read.. Thanks to Net Galley and Joffe Books for my copy.
Louise
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jilly
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A 4 star read. Had me hooked all the way.

A MAN SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE.

An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmarks of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the dismembered torso of a child.

On his first day back at work, disgraced Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson finds himself teamed up again with newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks.

They
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Gill Goody
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart breaking

Could not put down, had to finish in two days.
I really love the two main characters.
But I must wonder how the author's mind works when reading the graphic details of the abuse of the poor children.
That said, I had to read to the end hoping for justice to be served, which it was and I will still look forward to reading the next instalment!
Keep them coming Mr Parker.
Aileen  (Ailz) Grist
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't think how Steve Parker was going to top his last book about Ray Paterson and John Clocks, but he's managed it. A heartbreaking story of witch doctors and the killing of albino children. To us in the West it sounds too horrifying to be true, but it really does go on. Why does it seem, mainly, to take a corrupt, money loving person to thrive in politics.

A good read, which shows up the limitations in being a country of law and order.
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