Wendy Cartmell

Author of the Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers

In Fifth Columnist, a bent copper is compromising national security but none of the evidence will stand up in court. That’s exactly why men like Stoner operate in the shadows, ready to terminate the target once an identity is confirmed…

Oh my, this book surely packs a punch. A covert operative determined to keep his distance from the British policewoman he’s working with. He’s a last resort. Mostly silent, definitely enigmatic, a man of few words yet always on hand. Known only as ‘Sarge’ DCI Hannah Jack Hannah doesn’t know what to make of him. Yet in his cold, still, silent way Sarge solves the mystery. He instructs her, and the reader, in the ways of covert operations, always giving a different ‘take’ on any situation.

The writing is bold and blunt, with horrific things said in a matter of fact way. “I kill people. That’s what I’m paid to do.” It sends a shiver down your spine.

Following the short story is the opening to the author’s new book Redemption of Charm to be published in 2017. This was gripping, thrilling and with lots of action. In a way the antithesis to the short story. Both good. Both gripping in their own way. This was my first foray into the writing of Frank Westworth and I’m sure it won’t be my last.

I received a copy of the story from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Click the cover to go to the Amazon.co.uk book page.

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