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Journalist Philip Dryden is shocked to be informed by the police that his father has just been killed in a car accident, his body incinerated in a fireball of burning petrol. It's impossible - because Dryden's father drowned during the fenland floods of 1977, 35 years before.At the same time, two unrelated cases are demanding his professional attention. A body has been fouJournalist Philip Dryden is shocked to be informed by the police that his father has just been killed in a car accident, his body incinerated in a fireball of burning petrol. It's impossible - because Dryden's father drowned during the fenland floods of 1977, 35 years before.At the same time, two unrelated cases are demanding his professional attention. A body has been found hanging from an irrigation gantry in the middle of a lettuce field, the corpse riddled with bullets. The police fear they are dealing with a gang revenge killing. And a couple have come forward protesting that the local council is refusing to the return the body of their baby daughter, initially given a pauper's grave in the local cemetery.As Dryden gradually pieces the clues together, he realizes that he has stumbled on a dark secret which seems to link the three cases and stretches back many years into his own childhood. He discovers there were many things he didn't know about his late father, and that it is his fate which holds the key to the mystery....

Title : Nightrise
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ISBN : 9781780290331
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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Nightrise Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-05-07 17:48

    Phillip Dryden is back! Phillip Dryden is back! And this book is one of the best of the Dryden books. Once again, Jim Kelly has done an excellent job of creating fully developed characters, and the sense of place he creates makes me long to see "the fens" for myself, especially the drowned town of River Bank. But Jim Kelly hasn't just done a great job of creating characters you believe in and a setting you can fullly visualize - there is also a great mystery here with all the plot twists and turns that make for a compelling read. I found I could not put Nightrise down, and when I wasn't actually reading it, I was thinking about it and trying to see if I could come up with what was behind all of it. This is an excellent book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. My advice is, read this book!

  • Carol
    2019-05-09 15:54

    I found the book to be rather "dry" compared to the first five books in this series. It was almost as if there were too many plots that the author was trying to connect. I did find the mystery of Phillip's father very intriguing. Too bad that the story wasn't build entirely around that link.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-19 19:51

    Overall a good story but I'm still not sure how I feel about these characters. Dryden is complex and interesting but I just don't believe in him as a reporter.

  • Barbpie
    2019-05-20 16:49

    I'm so glad things are looking up for Philip D. for a change, although I have a sneaking suspicion things will go south in the next book. I love the fens setting, the complex yet believable plots, and the well-drawn characters in this series.

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-05-18 17:51

    This was a book that I enjoyed immensely, despite the fact that at times it moved rather slowly for me, probably because many of its frames of reference were unfamiliar, coming as I am from the “other side of the pond.” Even extending to the title, although I supposed it was meant to evoke the opposite of sunrise, and is defined by the author at one point as the moment when one sees “the first star clear in the sky.”Philip Dryden had been a Fleet Street reporter, a job he’d left for one on the local paper to be near his wife. I found him to be a very original protagonist, one made very human and vulnerable when, on the opening page, he is introduced to the reader as the father of an infant son, following somewhat traumatic circumstances: His wife “had been badly injured in a car accident a decade earlier - - trapped in a coma for more than two years. She would never completely recover. They’d been told a child was impossible.” But, almost miraculously, here he was.Also in the opening pages, Philip is told by the police that his father has just been killed in an auto accident, the body burned beyond recognition, only the vehicle itself providing the identity of the owner. This is a second near-impossibility: His father had died 35 years before, drowned during the floods of 1977, the body swept away and never found. The thought that he might have survived and simply chosen not to return to his family is, to say the least, stunning.There are other story lines here, and a faint suspicion allowed that somehow they may be linked.. A West African man, seeking asylum in England but being forced to return to Niger; has been refused, without explanation, the return of the body of his infant daughter, buried, he is told, in an unmarked grave, and he and his wife seek Dryden’s help. Then there is the mystery behind the murder of a local man whose already dead body had been hung from an irrigator in an open field. When another murder occurs, a very personal one for Dryden, his efforts to solve these crimes are redoubled.The novel is very well-written, suspenseful, and with a totally unexpected ending. This is the sixth book in the series, but the first one I’d read. I was happy to discover it, and shall definitely look for the previous entries. This one is certainly recommended.

  • Damaskcat
    2019-04-21 18:39

    This is the sixth book in this compelling and atmospheric crime series. It starts off with a shock for Dryden when he is told his father has just been killed in a car crash when he believed him dead for thirty years in the Fen floods. Then a body is found in a field in what seems like either an execution or a revenge killing of someone who appears to be a completely respectable member of the community.Philip Dryden finds himself touched by a tragic story of an immigrant about to be deported and agrees to write a news story about the case. In addition he is adjusting to major changes in his private life and wondering whether to apply for the editor's job on the newspaper he currently works for - The Crow. This is a tense and shocking crime story which takes the reader on a roller coaster of a journey through the more criminal elements of Fen life. The geographical background is brought vividly to life - especially the drowned village. I am still remembering the passages describing that, hours after finishing reading the book. If you want a crime series which is out of the ordinary, features believable and likeable characters and is well written with a background which you can almost see as you read then do try this book and this series. The books can be read as a standalone novel but are better read in the order in which they were published.

  • Verena
    2019-05-06 21:42

    Nightrise, a Philip Dryden mystery by Jim Kelly, is of most interest to me because of its setting, the Fenlands in eastern England. This lowland region of extensive fens has been claimed and reclaimed through the centuries from the flooding of the North Sea. Farming the rich land has been at odds with environmental concerns. Draining the fens has resulted in drying up the peat bogs, which in turn have lowered the ground level and caused more flooding. It is a land of dykes holding back the sea, meres, and island villages. In this story there is a submerged village with only a church steeple and a tower from a Victorian mansion rising above the water. These ghostly reminders that people once called the place home is the ghastly setting for one of several murders relating to stolen identities and illegal immigration. Philip Dryden is a newspaper reporter who is professionally, as well as personally, involved in solving the crimes. Although the characters did not come to life as vividly as their surroundings in this sixth and latest novel of the series, I am interested enough to try at least one of the earlier Philip Dryden stories.

  • Monica
    2019-05-08 15:55

    It's been nearly 6 years since the last Philip Dryden (Skeleton Man)and that's just way too long between encounters with this terrific series. The setting is wonderful - the island city of Ely and the surrounding Cambridgeshire fen country are vividly described with enough bits of local history to enrich the context. The characters of Dryden, his wife Laura and his cabbie friend Humph were engaging from the start and have only grown more so with each book. Humph's collection of miniature liquor bottles and foreign language tapes are quirky and they come in handy at the oddest times.And the plots are always interesting and well developed. This one brings together the death of a man who apparently stole the identity of Dryden's long dead father, a current day false identity ring and the political and economic consequences of plans to once again alter the topography of the fens. It's fascinating stuff, really well written. I hope we don't have to wait another six years for the next one.

  • Jean
    2019-05-02 19:04

    Another very good Jim Kelly mystery, again featuring newspaper reporter Philip Dryden. Dryden lives and works in an area of England called "the Fens," and Kelly's descriptions give the story a Dickensian feel - I half expected Pip to find Magwitch lurking about somewhere. Nightrise starts with Dryden and his wife Laura celebrating the birth of their son, and the discovery of a body identified as Dryden's father, who died 30 years ago. A little international intrigue in this one. A few implausible connections between the mystery of Dryden's father and the international intrigue, but otherwise a good book.

  • Jan
    2019-05-15 00:01

    I read a review that compared the author of this book to PD James, & indeed the rhythm and complexity of the story is similar. The pace & time spent developing the characters and setting wouldn't satisfy many readers. But I enjoyed the voice and insight of the central character, and once the critical elements were set, the plot developed quickly & kept me engaged as well as any more traditional thriller. I'd read at least one earlier book in the series, & that did enhance my reading pleasure. Very well written and finely executed story that earned my full endorsement!

  • Gary Van Cott
    2019-05-20 21:57

    While things seem to be looking up a bit for Philip Dryden, plenty of bad things still happen in this book. Jim Kelly continues his habit of frequent errors as far as the US Air Force is concerned. The worst is a real groaner. Dryden describes seeing the RAF Mildenhall conning tower on the horizon. Submarines have conning towers. Airports and air bases have control towers. Also he continues to mention fuel transport tankers. They are air refueling tankers.

  • Rosy
    2019-05-15 22:05

    I love all of Jim kelly's atmospheric crime novels, set in the flatlands of East Anglia, and the Philip Dryden series are my favourites, but this one is the best I have read so far. Rich in the haunting imagery of water and drowning, and of death and the paraphernalia which surrounds it, both ceremonial and earthily mundane, it is not just the story and characters but also the atmosphere of this book which will stay with you for many days after you have closed the final pages.

  • Florence Primrose
    2019-05-15 18:49

    Journalist Philip Dryden is shocked when informed by police his father who had been missing many years had died in a fiery crash. Then a body was found hanging from an irrigation gantry. And then then very soon Philip's uncle was found murdered. How are these deaths tied together? As Philip gradually pieces the clues together he stumbles on the secret that links these deaths stretches back many years to his childhood.

  • Colin Hodgkins
    2019-05-19 20:57

    Absolutely brilliant, I love Jim Kelly's story telling.Read this book whilst on holiday in North Norfolk, enhanced the scene setting.Really good to get the Phil Dryden character back, whilst I enjoyed the other series, I longed for another Dryden story and was not dissapointed in this one.How does he keep coming up with so many origninal twisting plots?For those of you who have not come across the Dryden novels go for all 5. I bet you'll read them all in one sitting.

  • Virgil Larson
    2019-04-22 19:47

    Nightrise is a mystery set near Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England. The main character is a newspaper reporter for a small town paper. There are several deaths, victims of international intrigue. We learn about the fens area, a rich farming area reclaimed from the sea, as in Holland. The flat landscape seems more like parts of Minnesota than England.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-16 23:08

    Really good atmosphere of the fens - flat and watery. Good plot and strong characters. I'll read more of Jim Kelly's books. One thing I couldn't work out, though, was why Dryden was left for dead rather than killed? And how does Humph's taxi pass its MOT?

  • Jean
    2019-05-07 16:53

    I waited a long time for another Philip Dryden mystery but it was worth the wait. I think this was the best yet and I was pleased to see Humph getting more of a role and doing a bit of sleuthing himself.

  • Monica
    2019-05-12 19:40

    Although a bit slow moving at times, I liked this book a lot. Lots of things going on, a complex plot about stolen identities, sold on the market to those looking for a new face. Kelly creates a nice atmosphere, nice descriptive scenes.

  • Gail Goodknecht
    2019-05-09 23:39

    Good story. Slow. But he has a a good rhythm that draws me in.

  • MaryAnn
    2019-04-28 22:43

    Another good story in this series. Kelly's writing always makes the reader see what he's describing, and the fact that his main character (Dryden) is a journalist adds extra interest.

  • Jamie
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  • Pat
    2019-05-01 22:49

    Will be interested to read others in series. Liked the characters, pacing, setting and mood. Different sort of mystery. Need to brush up my English-isms.

  • Marie
    2019-05-06 23:54

    Finally Philip Dryden is back! Jim Kelly can't write fast enough for me. I love the atmospheric fens background he creates. Read them.

  • Adam Wilson
    2019-05-07 20:39

    Philip Dryden is back. Wonderful English crime fiction with a strong sense of place, Kelly makes the Fenland landscape come alive.