Review: Dark Trade (DI Greco #3) by Helen H. Durrant

Print Length: 211 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (March 9, 2017)

From A teenage boy is found murdered. He has been stabbed through the heart by a professional killer. 

Detective Stephen Greco and his new team discover that the boy is an illegal immigrant. Then another youth from the same background is killed. The murder leads DCI Greco on a trail of people smuggling and exploitation.

DCI Greco must quickly get his new team to gel, but he is still recovering from a terrible personal tragedy, and his relationship with DS Grace Harper threatens to turn very unprofessional.

And why is arch-villain and drugs baron Vinny Costello involved? And what is the connection to a private clinic specialising in plastic surgery?


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Another wonderfully gripping and compelling story from Helen Durrant! This was one of those stories that I could not put down, I had to see who was behind it all and what their motivations were. It was also nice to see DCI Greco after the loss of his wife and see how he was coping with things. 

As to be expected with a novel in this series, the story flows well, weaving together a complex tale with interesting characters and crossovers. You find yourself playing the role of DCI - who did it and why? There is such a depth to these stories and characters that they feel very real to the reader, a gift of the author's to be sure. 

I also enjoyed the evolution of DCI Greco's relationship with Grace, even if I did feel it was a bit out of character for  him. It made for a deeper level of humanity for these characters, and I can't wait to see where they go from here! 

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who enjoy a strongly written thriller novel. I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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