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Few tears are shed when an ex-boxer and local hard man is found dead in a disused railway signal box. When DCI John Blizzard is called in to investigate, he discovers no shortage of people who would want the bully dead. But getting any of them to come forward proves difficult. Having interrupted the opening day of the public display of a steam engine that DCI Blizzard l Few tears are shed when an ex-boxer and local hard man is found dead in a disused railway signal box. When DCI John Blizzard is called in to investigate, he discovers no shortage of people who would want the bully dead. But getting any of them to come forward proves difficult. Having interrupted the opening day of the public display of a steam engine that DCI Blizzard lovingly helped restore, few are keener than he to see the perpetrator under lock and key. It transpires that the victim once gave a man life-changing injuries with a cruel sucker punch, thus Blizzard’s colleagues think they’ve found a likely suspect. But the veteran detective is not so sure. In fact, the real culprits might be much closer to home. Probing deeper into the web of lies that surrounded the man’s life, Blizzard might have to confront unpalatable truths that shatter his nostalgic view of the city’s past. Set in the fictional port city of Hafton in northern England, THE RAILWAY MAN is a traditional British whodunit with a thrilling contemporary twist. The novel is the third title by John Dean to feature the burly, no-nonsense detective, John Blizzard, a man who refuses to take no for an answer. All the books in the series, in order of publication, are: 1. THE LONG DEAD 2. STRANGE LITTLE GIRL 3. THE RAILWAY MAN 4. THE SECRETS MAN 5. A BREACH OF TRUST 6. DEATH LIST John Dean is the author of several other crime fiction titles. Look out for his DCI Jack Harris novels, and those featuring detective Danny Radford, which he writes under the pen name John Stanley.


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Few tears are shed when an ex-boxer and local hard man is found dead in a disused railway signal box. When DCI John Blizzard is called in to investigate, he discovers no shortage of people who would want the bully dead. But getting any of them to come forward proves difficult. Having interrupted the opening day of the public display of a steam engine that DCI Blizzard l Few tears are shed when an ex-boxer and local hard man is found dead in a disused railway signal box. When DCI John Blizzard is called in to investigate, he discovers no shortage of people who would want the bully dead. But getting any of them to come forward proves difficult. Having interrupted the opening day of the public display of a steam engine that DCI Blizzard lovingly helped restore, few are keener than he to see the perpetrator under lock and key. It transpires that the victim once gave a man life-changing injuries with a cruel sucker punch, thus Blizzard’s colleagues think they’ve found a likely suspect. But the veteran detective is not so sure. In fact, the real culprits might be much closer to home. Probing deeper into the web of lies that surrounded the man’s life, Blizzard might have to confront unpalatable truths that shatter his nostalgic view of the city’s past. Set in the fictional port city of Hafton in northern England, THE RAILWAY MAN is a traditional British whodunit with a thrilling contemporary twist. The novel is the third title by John Dean to feature the burly, no-nonsense detective, John Blizzard, a man who refuses to take no for an answer. All the books in the series, in order of publication, are: 1. THE LONG DEAD 2. STRANGE LITTLE GIRL 3. THE RAILWAY MAN 4. THE SECRETS MAN 5. A BREACH OF TRUST 6. DEATH LIST John Dean is the author of several other crime fiction titles. Look out for his DCI Jack Harris novels, and those featuring detective Danny Radford, which he writes under the pen name John Stanley.

30 review for The Railway Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bicky

    A police procedural which brings home the hopelessness prevalent in many once industrial towns in northern England and the frustrations of the police force with no go zones. Despite, repeated references to the brilliance of DCI Blizzard, this series rarely reveals any examples of it. Surprisingly even in 2017, it seems that forensic science is yet to reach this unfortunate part of England.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Cleaveley

    Cardboard cut out characters and a dull tale. Didn’t finish it which is unusual for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Davies

    I found this a very disappointing book, the characters were shallow and i got confused who was who, glad to have finished it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    The biggest problem with this book is that there is not a single likeable character in it. Inspector John Blizzard is uncharacteristically pleasant. engaged in the restoration of a locomotive he is high on the romance of the rails. Then a disgrace boxer/thug winds up dead near the railway museum. factor in some tired backstories and the vicious local slum and you have all the ingredients to make an unpleasant story even more so. I thought the first two-thirds were as dull as dishwater. The last The biggest problem with this book is that there is not a single likeable character in it. Inspector John Blizzard is uncharacteristically pleasant. engaged in the restoration of a locomotive he is high on the romance of the rails. Then a disgrace boxer/thug winds up dead near the railway museum. factor in some tired backstories and the vicious local slum and you have all the ingredients to make an unpleasant story even more so. I thought the first two-thirds were as dull as dishwater. The last third picked up but when you don't care about the flat, miserable characters it really doesn't matter what happens to them. also, any book that needs to have a cast of characters has too many to begin with.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen Keith

    John Dean DCI Blizzard Series The DCI Blizzard series takes place in Britain - where most of the mysteries I read begin. John Dean's characters are interesting, but at some points very confusing. Confusing? Sometimes major characters are introduced without much context. I often read these books and tried to sort out who did what after the book was finished. Regardless, his work in interesting and I enjoyed the read. If you’re a sucker for British police procedurals (like I am) you'll like these b John Dean DCI Blizzard Series The DCI Blizzard series takes place in Britain - where most of the mysteries I read begin. John Dean's characters are interesting, but at some points very confusing. Confusing? Sometimes major characters are introduced without much context. I often read these books and tried to sort out who did what after the book was finished. Regardless, his work in interesting and I enjoyed the read. If you’re a sucker for British police procedurals (like I am) you'll like these books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bob Hurley

    Once again DCI Blizzard and DS Colley are heavily involved in an investigation which seems to be a revenge killing with the daughter of a victim the prime suspect. However as the case unravels it seems to point towards a power struggle within Hafton’s criminal community. Blizzard & Colley are led towards the “Spur” in Hafton and the criminal rivalry which seems to sustain the rivalry has been the cause of the murders. However a surprise ending certainly has you thinking!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Butler

    Good Have given 4* mainly for storyline and the way it flows good writing and the usual police procedures, I borrowed this book as a prime member, but I could not take a liking to Blizzard don't no why he came across as quite affable, but he obviously don't know who is friends are, but I did suspect a couple and as it turned out I was right. Would have another go at this author as I think he has potential. Good Have given 4* mainly for storyline and the way it flows good writing and the usual police procedures, I borrowed this book as a prime member, but I could not take a liking to Blizzard don't no why he came across as quite affable, but he obviously don't know who is friends are, but I did suspect a couple and as it turned out I was right. Would have another go at this author as I think he has potential.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter Marsh

    A less abrasive, more user friendly DCI Blizzard was not really what I was looking for. The plot was fine, continuing the motif of crimes from long ago reaching into Blizzard's current investigation but his increasing introspection and the ongoing domestication of his DS seems to be filling more pages. Would I read another? It's a series I would come back to but for the moment, it's time to look elsewhere. A less abrasive, more user friendly DCI Blizzard was not really what I was looking for. The plot was fine, continuing the motif of crimes from long ago reaching into Blizzard's current investigation but his increasing introspection and the ongoing domestication of his DS seems to be filling more pages. Would I read another? It's a series I would come back to but for the moment, it's time to look elsewhere.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erik Empson

    No-nonsense detective John Blizzard returns in this exciting new murder mystery by John Dean. A hated local thug is found dead, and police soon have a long list of possible suspects. In typical John Dean style we are led to believe we know the culprit, but only if you pick up on the carefully placed clues will you discover the real murderer and the reason for their crime. A clever, interesting plot; and an easy read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anouska

    An easy-to-read murder mystery set in the world of the railway industry and council estates of England. Dean's strength lies not only in creating satisfying plots that keep you guessing, but in building up relatable characters whose depth only increases as the series continues. DCI Blizzard is gruff, funny and deeply dedicated to his work, and I love how his expressiveness develops over these three books. This is a rewarding murder mystery with fascinating twists and complex villains. An easy-to-read murder mystery set in the world of the railway industry and council estates of England. Dean's strength lies not only in creating satisfying plots that keep you guessing, but in building up relatable characters whose depth only increases as the series continues. DCI Blizzard is gruff, funny and deeply dedicated to his work, and I love how his expressiveness develops over these three books. This is a rewarding murder mystery with fascinating twists and complex villains.

  11. 5 out of 5

    barbara

    The storyline was quite good but not that keen on Blizzard doesn't seem to do anything Colley i like at least he does some action Blizzard hates paperwork which is good part of his work and couldn't even control a kid from stabbing him !!Not a very good example of a good detective his team do more than him !! The storyline was quite good but not that keen on Blizzard doesn't seem to do anything Colley i like at least he does some action Blizzard hates paperwork which is good part of his work and couldn't even control a kid from stabbing him !!Not a very good example of a good detective his team do more than him !!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Megan Rees discovers a body in an old railway signal box. This turns out to be Billy Guthrie, a man that had disappeared from the area some years ago. A man so hated that the suspect list will probably turn out to be very long. The body is discovered the same day that D.C.I. Blizzard's restored locomotive has its granding opening, near the signal box. An entertaining well-written crime story Megan Rees discovers a body in an old railway signal box. This turns out to be Billy Guthrie, a man that had disappeared from the area some years ago. A man so hated that the suspect list will probably turn out to be very long. The body is discovered the same day that D.C.I. Blizzard's restored locomotive has its granding opening, near the signal box. An entertaining well-written crime story

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marshall D. Whitaker

    A Really Well Written Story John Dean does a great job of telling a story that draws you in and keeps you interested. This book has great character development and a nice mix of humor to go with a solid mystery.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris James

    Dean is a very visual writer in that I could clearly see every scene in my head. The plot was straightforward and believable, with just enough twists to keep my interest. The character development was well done without being over done. I can clearly see this as a BBC series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Randall Chris Herrington

    Off the rails I enjoy the characters in this series. The plot line in this one was quite contrived. Not one of Dean's better efforts. Still a worthy read. Off the rails I enjoy the characters in this series. The plot line in this one was quite contrived. Not one of Dean's better efforts. Still a worthy read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan Hatton

    No as good as books 1 and 2, but will read more from this series

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Gale

    It was good. I like DCI John Blizzard books

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    The railway man I love this series. A very interesting book. That keeps you guessing who is guilty. Be sure and read the other books in this series

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    3.5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane C. Anderson

    The Railway Man Well written! This story holds your attention from first chapter to the last! It proves "crime doesn't pay", you always get caught in the end! The Railway Man Well written! This story holds your attention from first chapter to the last! It proves "crime doesn't pay", you always get caught in the end!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Brilliant book Another absolutely thriller of a book. Fantastic author and he knows how to keep you intrigued and wandering what will happen next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hill

    A good read Again, too many characters, frustrating when you are not sure who is talking to who, or talking about who. Other than that, an enjoyable read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    SA Krishnan

    An excellent plot with good characters. John Blizzard is a very good investigator and it was great fun following him in solving the mystery. Engaging read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ross Fields

    NIce to read a British cop story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Could not finish this. Tedious.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina H Pickard

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joan.E.Foater

  28. 5 out of 5

    John Tricett

  29. 5 out of 5

    michelle clarke

  30. 5 out of 5

    andrew

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