FAR FROM THE TREE By Rob Parker @robparkerauthor @RedDogTweets #FarFromTheTree #Bookblogtour

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Thank to Meggy Roussel of @RedDogTweets for inviting me onto this blogtour.


Twenty-seven bodies, vacuum-packed, buried in a woodland trench. Some have been there for years, some for just days.

When DI Brendan Foley recognises one of the Warrington 27, he knows this case is about to shake his world.

Detective Sergeant Iona Madison is a skilled boxer and a vital support for Foley. Theirs is a newly established police force, and loyalties are about to be tested to the extreme.

Pressure mounts as news of the mass grave is plastered over the news. Brendan knows they can’t crack this case alone, but he’s not letting a rival force take over.

Their investigations lead them into the murky underworlds of Manchester and Liverpool, where one more murder means little to do drug-dealing gangs, desperate to control their power bases.

But as Madison steps into the ring for the fight of her life, the criminals come to them. It’s no coincidence that the corpses have been buried in Foley’s hometown. The question is, why?


What a fantastic start to a Trilogy. I love Rob Parker’s style of writing, the action, the pace, characters everything is always there and this is one of his best pieces of work to date. I really can’t wait to see where this goes in the second book. Because book one was such a rollercoaster ride, with several twists and turns.

Set in Warrington, DI Brendan Foley is called away from his own sons christening to a gruesome scene. 27 bodies have been found dumped in a mass grave. The bodies aren’t all new some have been there for many years, but when Foley recognises one of the bodies his life is about to change, because now it’s personal. But when it’s personal how can you be the SIO? Foley tries to run the investigation until his father comes in and things get a little out of hand, and Foley is suspended. But how can he let it go?

DS Iona Madison agrees to give Foley updates despite it being against everything she knows about the rules. But as Foley digs deeper he finds there is a lot more closer to home than he had ever known. As he digs into the murky depths of the underworld of Manchester and Liverpool, he needs to know who is behind the hits? Who has dumped the bodies?

This is a dark gripping read from start to finish, I loved the characters DS Madison is a strong woman, a boxer and a loyal detective to Foley. All the characters are believable, three dimensional, not all likeable. As the story progresses the tension builds, by the end you are sitting on the edge of your seat, holding your breath as to what is coming next.

Rob Parker is a writer to watch, if you haven’t read any of his previous works I highly recommend you check them out. I for one cannot wait for book 2, I didn’t want the story to end. This is an absolute 5⭐️ read. One I very highly recommend if you like your crime dark and gritty.


Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Warrington, UK, the author of the Ben Bracken thrillers and the stand-alone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between schools runs.

Rob writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK – while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, he spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing.

He is also a co host of the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, and a regular voice on the Blood Brothers crime book podcast. Which if you haven’t listened to I very highly recommend.

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