Russ Thomas: Nighthawking

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Nighthawking. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens – an oasis of peace in a world filled with sorrow, confusion and pain. And then, one morning, a body is found in the Gardens. A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body’s been there for months. It would have gone undiscovered for years – but someone just sneaked into the Gardens and dug it up.

Who is the victim? Who killed her and hid her body? Who dug her up? And who left a macabre marker on the body?

In his quest to find her murderer, DS Adam Tyler will find himself drawn into the secretive world of nighthawkers: treasure-hunters who operate under cover of darkness, seeking the lost and valuable . . . and willing to kill to keep what they find.


Whilst Firewatching was an interesting beginning to the Adam Tyler series, I really feel like Thomas has found his stride in Nighthawking. The two books have both been written in the present tense and this makes the series feel a little different in style and gives the writing a sense of immediacy which kept me engaged throughout the whole novel.

I saw a panel recently in which Thomas was participating and he described the protagonist Adam Tyler as “gung-ho.” This is very true, and the other members of his team also have personal issues that mean their minds may not always be focused on the job in hand. I am quite glad that they’re not investigating any crimes on my behalf, but it makes reading about them much more interesting! There is always a sense that danger is not too far away and that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Nighthawking is really well plotted and there are a few strands to the story and numerous questions that require answers. I really wanted to find out what the answers were and this encouraged me to keep reading even when I was supposed to be in a Zoom meeting! The plot often turned in unexpected directions and I enjoyed being kept on my toes.

The novel ends on a cliffhanger and I look forward to seeing where the series goes in future.

Nighthawking is available from Amazon.

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