16 June 2024

Review: THE DENTIST, Tim Sullivan

  • This edition an e-book on Kindle (Amazon)
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0938DH5X3
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Head of Zeus; 1st edition (September 2, 2021)
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 362 pages
  • DS Cross Thriller #1

Synopsis  (Amazon)

A cold case that has been ignored... A detective who fights for the voiceless.


Bristol detective DS George Cross might be difficult to work with – but his unfailing logic and determined pursuit of the truth means he is second to none at convicting killers.


When the police dismiss a man's death as a squabble among the homeless community, Cross is not convinced; there are too many unanswered questions.

Who was the unknown man whose weather-beaten body was discovered on Clifton Downs? And was the same tragedy that resulted in his life on the streets also responsible for his death?


As Cross delves into the dead man's past, he discovers that the answers lie in a case that has been cold for fifteen years.

Cross is the only person who can unpick the decades-old murder – after all, who better to decipher the life of a person who society has forgotten than a man who has always felt like an outsider himself?

My Take

George Cross is a very interesting protagonist. His "disability" gives him a different set of skills, a narrower focus, a greater awareness when something doesn't fit. This is the first in a series and already the characters are strong, as was the plot. 

My rating: 4.5

About the author

Tim Sullivan is a crime writer, screenwriter and director who has worked on major feature films such as the fourth Shrek, Flushed Away, Letters to Juliet, A Handful of Dust, Jack and Sarah, and the TV series Cold Feet. His crime series featuring DS George Cross has topped the book charts and been widely acclaimed. Tim lives in North London with his wife Rachel, the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman. To find out more about the author, please visit TimSullivan.co.uk

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