In 'The Final Straw' - an only child, unloved and unwanted by his parents, Colin Bailey is a bitter, emotionally damaged young man, hell bent on exacting revenge on anyone who has stopped him becoming the person he believes he was destined to be. What sets Colin apart is his intellect and meticulous planning. Detective Phil Hounsell pursues his man relentlessly, while trying to avoid the small town in which he works sliding further and further into the grip of two rival gangs.
A devastating event in Colin’s life provides the final straw that herald’s a bloodbath. Can Phil prevent it happening or will he too be a victim?
This tale of revenge spans almost two decades, yet the police are chasing shadows; it builds in pace and tension to a thrilling climax against the backdrop of a seemingly quiet West Country town.
‘Unfinished Business’ sees Colin Bailey return to the UK after almost a decade abroad. With a new name and a new face he still has scores to settle. His meticulous planning takes him ingeniously across Scotland and the North of England ticking names off his list with the police completely baffled.
DCI Phil Hounsell pitted his wits against Colin before and so he is sent to Durham where he teams up with super intelligent young DS Zara Wheeler; together they track their man to Manchester and then eventually south to Bath.
The final scenes take place on the streets of the Roman city; Phil Hounsell’s family is threatened and in a dramatic conclusion reminiscent of Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, the two men struggle above the foaming waters of the historic Pulteney weir. Will either man survive?
Follow Colin Bailey’s adventures as ‘The Phoenix’. He would be disappointed if you didn’t.
Collin Bailey, the character, has the guts and the icy blood many people dream of possessing. He hunts those who made him suffer with acumen and method and gets away with murder. His motivations are flimsy but any person can relate to them, in the big sense of mankind's hard moments of life. And actions that sound callous seem justified because the talent Ted Tyler reveals is astounding.
I went to bed at 3 am and it's Tayler's fault. I couldn't drop the book.
I can't pinpoint the moment when I started to cheer for the murderer, But I so did! Disconcerting. I am not easily affected and I read any genre. Ted managed to arise such reaction from me and he bewildered me.
I remember the last time a book did that- I was 15 years old, reading Gone With the Wind, a master piece. Only then an author made me share a character's mind to the point of feeling the worst of actions justified. Scarlett O'Hara and Collin Bailey will stay in my records as the worst and the best.
Conception stands for a difficult writing technique. It is the old storytelling with a few sentences of dialog scattered in the book. The reader gets the psychological understanding of the character and the narrator slips in his opinion.
The book deserves 5 stars; I have no doubt. Once more I see how much traditional publishing misses. Ted Tyler is an amazing artist, one of the best I have ever read. I found myself supporting his criminal, and it scared me, but I hoot for Collin's creator. I hope Ted can make his living out of writing. We would be very lucky if he did.