Demon's Fire is the third instalment in the crime thriller series featuring DS Taylor Nicks and DC Marcus Black. The City had barely settled back to normal when the sky turned orange as flames licked upwards and smoke billowed out from a quiet industrial estate in Edinburgh. Blood-curdling screams of those trapped within were muffled by the sound-proofed room as the women climbed desperately over one another to try and escape, their efforts futile against their prison walls, their captors slain where they sat, bullet holes in their heads. Human trafficking, prostitution, drug dealing, kidnapping, violence and murder hidden in plain sight in Edinburgh City Centre. Drug dealer Burnett’s grip on the city has no limits, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that remains the case. Nicks and Black struggle to secure evidence against him within the confines of the law, but an enemy of Burnett, hell-bent on revenge, doesn’t have to play by their rules. A thrilling story of crime and retribution, good versus evil, Demon's Fire will have you on the edge of your seat as the tentacles of despair take hold of your emotions. Hearts are broken and others mended as the tale gathers momentum, the lives of the officers forever entwined by fate.
This is the third instalment in this crime series with DS Taylor Nicks and DC Marcus Black, after reading Porcelain Flesh of Innocents I wanted to carry on reading the series.
Demon’s Fire, makes a change from crime novels written by men, Demon's Fire is another page turner opening with the scenes of women being held prisoners in a warehouse in a quiet area of an industrial estate in Edinburgh. Being honest, the majority of crime novels written by men that I have read have always left me underwhelmed and somewhat angry. There is always the gratuitous use of violence against women, however as this is written by Lee Cockburn, she has experience first hand and is a serving office with Police Scotland with over nineteen years’ experience, she is a Sergeant carrying out Acting Inspector duties, working in Edinburgh City Centre and has been involved in large scale disorder and drug raids, so having written from the perspective of a DC and she has experience, I feel that it wasn’t gratuitous in any way whatsoever, it was refreshing to read a crime novel from an author who actually has experience in being surrounded by violence and awful situations.
Lee Cockburn has crafted a series that is well-written, gripping and perfect for fans of the crime genre. It is one of the best crime series that I have read, with a gritty cast of characters and a plot that keeps you reading, what makes it more interesting is the 'what if’ aspect. Will DC Marcus and DS Taylor Nicks find out who is responsible for setting the building on fire? It is a harrowing story of crime and the police aspects of human trafficking, drugs and violence, I highly recommend Demon’s Fire, a story of good versus evil and a page-turning thriller!
Lee Cockburn is a serving office with Police Scotland with over nineteen years’ experience, both front line and specialist. She is a Sergeant carrying out Acting Inspector duties, working in Edinburgh City Centre. Lee has been involved in drug raids, large scale disorder and serious incidents with high levels of risk and violence. As a six foot one, ex-international rugby player with eighty-one caps for Scotland and the British Lionesses, she is ideally suited to helping serve the public and preventing crime. Lee lives with her civil partner Emily and their young sons in Edinburgh; their boys are three months apart in age, with Lee and Emily both carrying a son. She is the author of Devil’s Demise (2014) and Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents (2017), both published by Clink Street, and has been widely featured in the media, including BBC Radio 2, Daily Record, Evening News and The Herald.