The first in the Rutherford Barnes series is Devils Chimney. A police procedural set in sunny Eastbourne, it portrays a world far different from the seaside town appears. Dark and gritty is the way I'd describe this book. There's nothing cozy about the world that Barnes inhabits. It's dark and soulless. Adam Lyndon should be commended for his style of writing.
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book from the 99p section of the Kindle store. Devils Chimney nearly didn't make it to my read pile, yet I'm glad it did. This isn't any fluff cheap read, the writing and characterisation is top notch. Set in an Eastbourne that is both recognisable by the its landmarks, and unreal due to it stroking the thick underbelly of society, Adam Lyndon has come up with a detective for the 21st century.
There's a brutal streak in this book that's very similar to Peter James. Devils Chimney is a great introduction the rising star that is Rutherford Barnes. A detective who has many flaws, makes mistakes with the best of them, yet manages to solve the vicious crimes in Eastbourne. To be fair the pointers are all there to the mastermind behind the crimes, but it doesn't detract from the overall story.
Adam Lyndon is worthy addition to the regional police procedurals. A name that may just end up in the dizzy heights that Peter James has attained. A five tower read.