Hartmann – Malicious Rules, Book 1 of the Hartmann Thriller Series, is set in London in the swinging sixties. It chronicles Dr. Julian Hartmann’s search for his 16-year-old son who is missing against the backdrop of the Thames Butcher murders.
In December 1966, a dismembered body is discovered by children playing on the Thames shoreline by Execution Dock. It’s the fifth victim of the Thames Butcher, and London is gripped with fear by the horrific murders.
Dr Julian Hartmann, a lonely 34-year-old bachelor with suppressed memories of childhood abuse, desperate to find his son, leaves his hospital job in Hampshire and moves up to London to search for him fulltime. Meanwhile, the growing media panic about the Thames Butcher escalates after the police disclose that all the victims are young men and that it may be a homophobic crime.
During his search, Julian is drawn into London’s seedier side, a world of porn, illegal drugs, and police corruption. But he will allow nothing to deter him from finding his son, and that unrelenting desire leads him to a terrifying ordeal and into the fires of hell . . .
“A New Author Telling An Original Story in a Unique Voice”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Teresa at RockspringsCrafts
This book explores some dark themes and if you are uncomfortable reading about the seamier side of life then this book may not be for you. Homosexuality, drug use, and BDSM are topic examined within this story. At times, the writing is explicit in its descriptions but this adds to the authentic feels of the story. If you are open-minded enough to read something that is not your average thriller then it is likely you will find this an interesting and enjoyable read.
All of this is bound up in a thriller where a serial killer is preying on vulnerable young men. All the parts of the story fit together like a well-designed jigsaw and every plot twist and turn weaves a web that supports the whole.
About the Author
Helen L Lowe lives in a small seaside town in Hampshire, UK. She has three grown-up children and, at the time of writing, has four grandchildren. In 1967, she began her nursing training in London. It was an exciting time to be in London with the swinging sixties well underway, and it helped shape the person she is today. While bringing up a family, she was a nurse, midwife, and a piano teacher. She has been writing fiction for over thirty years in what little spare time she had available, but she never gave up the dream of writing full-time and publishing a full-length novel. Her favourites genres are thrillers, supernatural, sci-fi and historical fiction. Most of her stories have a strong medical theme and are not for the fainthearted.