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The Reach of Shadows

Published on 21 January 2019

Recovering from injuries sustained in a road collision, DI Bliss is taken directly from hospital to a fresh crime scene and ordered to investigate the vicious stabbing and murder of Jade Coleman.


When Bliss realises the victim had reported being stalked, and that two of his own team members had been drafted in to take her statement, he is then given the unenviable task of interviewing both of his detectives.


Increasingly it appears that the stalker may be their killer. However, several other people soon become part of the team’s suspect list.


Bliss also finds himself being questioned about his own past, and has to battle to defend himself whilst continuing to investigate the vicious murder.


Soon more questions arise.


Why would anybody target the victim, Jade Coleman?

Why are the team unable to identify her close female friend?

And why did Jade recently leave her job without any explanation?


With his work cut out, and his team under tremendous pressure, can Bliss solve the case before more victims show up? Or will the shadows of his own past reach out to drag him under before he can succeed?




"Tony Forder is a talented writer who ranks, in my opinion, along with Peter James and other renowned crime writers."

"Oh wow! I have always enjoyed the Jimmy Bliss series but in this fourth instalment Tony Forder has taken his writing and plotting to a new level. "

"This story is very well plotted and written as I have come to expect from this author with even room for a little humour, and I can thoroughly recommend this to everyone!"

"Exactly the right balance of dark and light with a well thought out plot."

"I loved the other 3 in the series but The Reach of Shadows was brilliant ."

"The unraveling of the apparent connection between assault victims and the past of the only one to be murdered is ingenious!"

"This book made me laugh and cry."

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really feel Tony brought the characters to life."

"A brilliant, brilliant read which I highly recommend. 5**"

"Great writing, great characters brilliant story line."

"Very tense from start to finish with lots of nail biting moments, intrigue, drama, with twists and turns that will have you forever looking for answers."

"A thoroughly enjoyable well-written story with credible characters."

"Superb as usual. Highly recommended. At last I can do something couldn't stop reading ."

"The relationship between Bliss and Chandler is a joy, cementing their place as one of my favourite duos."

"This series just keeps getting better and The Reach of Shadows is my favourite book yet."

"The Reach of Shadows is exactly what I'm looking for in a police procedural, it is gripping, convincing and emotional.~

"The story is intense and really keeps you guessing, a gripping, heart thumping read. I can thoroughly recommend it."

"Forder’s characters are not only visually clear, they stay in the mind long after the book has been read."

"I’m so sad to finish this book. "


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