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If Fear Wins

Published on 29 May 2018.

When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.


The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.


Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.


Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?


Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…



"If Fear Wins’ whets my appetite for the DI Bliss detective series as I love about everything about the book, the title, the dialogues, the characters and most of all, how the different departments, agencies and others involved, interacted."

"Tony J Forder is an excellent story teller, executing his tales with precision, intensity and a lot of suspense."

"It featured strong main characters who I have already warmed to and am keen to meet again very soon."

"This author certainly knows how to tell a story. He feeds us little nuggets of information throughout the story. He sucked me right in and even when I wasn’t reading about the story I was thinking about it. "

"Fans of Michael Connelly’s Detective Harry Bosch are going to love this series!"

"I love DI Bliss as much as I love Harry Bosch and that’s a lot. I have now read all three books in the series and they just keep getting better and better."

"DI Bliss is a brilliant protagonist."

"If Fear Wins is a brilliantly complex and gripping police procedural which has many threads running through the overall narrative, cleverly brought together. I truly hope that there are many more Bliss books to come as he's one of my favourite characters."

"The plot is a labyrinth of twists that I have come to expect from this author with the red herrings along the way."

"A great read for those who like a clever plot in their crime, thriller, murder, suspense reads, and one I would definitely recommend."

"Absolutely loved this - twisty and turning, not obvious. Well written and kept me guessing."

"I definitely recommend this for fans of Ian Rankin's Rebus books."

"Tony has a way with characters that brings them to life on the pages."

"This is a book that you can sit down with and be sure of a good read, an excellent, very cleverly thought out plot and a smile along the way."

"This series grows in depth with the characters and the plots are puzzling, mysterious and remarkably revealed."

"I thoroughly enjoyed If Fear Wins and feel that Mr Forder has hit his stride with it. It had me glued to the pages from start to finish and gave me an itch to get back to it whenever I put it down."

"I like the way Mr Forder easily swings the reader from one suspicion to another while keeping future developments well hidden."

"With each book the author brings something new to the table and I never know quite what to expect when I pick up each book in the series. Either way he always ensures a page turner of a read."

"Until November last year I hadn't read any of Tony J. Forder's books, that If Fear Wins is now the fourth I have read should be a good indication of how highly I rate his novels."

"Tony J. Forder's assured writing coupled with his impressive research has produced a thoroughly engaging and intricately plotted story. I was engrossed throughout by the twists and turns of the case which eventually becomes a tense race to save lives, as the initial horrific murder is just the start of a compelling investigation into a web of crime."

"I've read quite a few police procedurals and If Fear Wins is up there with the best of them. The mystery is genuinely perplexing, the characterisation is superb throughout and the complexities of the case are completely riveting and utterly believable. If Fear Wins is one of my favourite books of the year, I enjoyed every minute of this excellent novel and highly recommend it."

"The characters are superb, I loved their interaction, it is a completely believable story and it genuinely had me hooked. Everything about the book worked for me and it was a brilliant read!!"

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