Troubador A Duty of Revenge

Released: 28/09/2021

ISBN: 9781800462434

eISBN: 9781800468894

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A Duty of Revenge


Retired Hull based Detective Superintendent Matt Darnley decides to tell the ‘whole truth’ about his biggest case; an investigation into a gang of ruthless armed robbers responsible for both kidnap and murder. 

Side-tracked by a local case involving a father avenging his daughter’s rape, Darnley delivers his own justice and steps over the line. An ambitious local journalist and a rookie cop discover what he has done, forcing him to go even further out on a limb. This arouses the suspicions of a fellow Superintendent who sets out to ruin his reputation. 

During his investigation Darnley meets Debbie Pike, the cunning and manipulative wife of one of the gang and Graham Morley, a timid and lonely computer nerd. Both risk all seeking revenge for lives ruined by members of the gang. 

When he discovers the father of the rape victim is not who he seems to be, Darnley sees an opportunity to solve the run of robberies and murders… but dare he go ever further beyond the rule of law?

Driffield & Wolds Weekly

Dear Quentin,

Congratulations! I thoroughly enjoyed your book. The strong storyline and authentic background made it quite irresistible. I felt I was following the tale of a real copper, which of course I was. The characters seemed real and fascinating and the narrative had me fascinated from start to finish. An excellent read.

I’m a journalist turned biographer who writes about the lives of the rich and famous. I started on the Grimsby Telegraph across the river from you, worked in Fleet Street and for ITV, and have written more than 20 books on people like David Jason and Tom Jones.

Best wishes,

by Stafford Hildred

Being set during a time period and an area known to me from my time in ‘The Job’ this story took me on a journey down memory lane.
Subjects and police key characters with a stretch of the imagination do have similarities to colleagues some now long gone.
The plot twists and turns through alarmingly accurate accounts of police procedures and I was fascinated by the attention to detail of the investigation providing authenticity to the storyline.
The serious crimes committed lead the investigators on a fast-moving chase to catch those involved and some amusing if not disturbing situations around the officers dealing.
The plot itself keeps you guessing to the end, all in all an enjoyable read.

by John Fawcett

Detective Superintendent Matt Darnley is a seasoned detective with Humberside Police, a chameleon with the ability and charm to influence the Chief Constable when it suits his purposes, whilst inwardly loathing the top man for his community policing mantra.
An armed robbery in the quite market town of Beverley is the first crime in a complex series of events that leads Darnley across the north of England in pursuit of a ruthless gang of criminals.
Darnley utilises his considerable talents - and a mixture of guile, charm and wit – to slowly build a case against the men he is pursuing.
What could possibly go wrong?
Quentin Dowse’s first crime novel is extremely well-written - full of suspense, tension and humour - with a number of twists, turns and red herrings which kept me guessing until the very end. Excellent descriptive characters brought this novel to life.
A thoroughly good read!

by Howard Brown

‘Retired seasoned detective to rookie novelist, great story line, gripping from cover to cover, I hope there is more to come’

by Pete Thorne

This book had me gripped and I really couldn't put it down. Clearly written by an ex-cop who knows his stuff as this was exceptionally realistic. Loved the characters, the plots and the fact it was all set in East Yorkshire. I look forward to the Det Supt's next installment.

by Mark Ormiston

A Duty of Revenge was such a fabulous thriller.
I was immediately sucked into these pages I've always been fascinated with gang like stories and this one serves a side dish of revenge!
The characters were an absolute joy to read! Detective Superintendent Matt is great in this book ANF it serves him well! I felt like I was legit watching a movie or tv show I could see everything happening! Absolutely fascinating if you ask me.
The story held my attention and never eased up one bit!
Such a great story and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to read it!

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by NetGalley review

There’s a lot going on in this book. I really liked the fine line across right and wrong and how the author presented the realities of this. The characters are really vividly drawn and I felt very invested in them all. It’s a strong plot line and there is a great deal to like in this book. Highly recommended.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

I have just finished reading the book. I really enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down. Just so sad I have finished it. Can't wait for the next one to come out.
I will definitely recommend it to friends.
Well done a magnificent book

by Wendy Bagnall

Excellent story that has you gripped from the start. Some surprises along the way keep you guessing how things will work out, mainly for the main character.

by Mike Feszczak

Quentin Dowse

Quentin Dowse joined the police at eighteen and retired as a Chief Superintendent after thirty years extensive experience that included leading numerous major crime and murder investigations. He holds a Master's Degree in Criminology and has attended the prestigious International Homicide Conference in the USA at which senior investigators share their expertise and knowledge.

In 2014, after he had retired, he was approached to work as an investigator during the making of a documentary/mystery film - THE FIRST FILM, in which he appears, outlining the results of his enquiries.

This is Quentin's first book - it is entirely fictional.

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