Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. An unthinkable childhood left him with a fierce determination to protect the innocent. But it also marked him with an ability to identify the darkness in others - a darkness he recognizes still exists deep within himself.
When a young man is found brutally murdered, Corrigan, responsible for South London's Murder Investigation Team, takes the case. But what first appears to be a straightforward domestic murder very quickly leads Corrigan to several other victims and the most dangerous killer he's ever encountered.
The perpetrator changes his modus operandi with each crime and leaves behind not a shred of usable forensic evidence. Still, Corrigan knows beyond a doubt that the same man is behind each of these deaths, and he soon finds himself in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer who strikes far too close to home.
©2013 Luke Delaney (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
critic at large
The writing is actually quite good in this debut. I'm not a fan of murder mysteries that spend an inordinate amount of time in serial killers heads but I could have forgiven that. What I can't forgive is advancing the plot by having the detective make "intuitive leaps" based on nothing. If I hadn't been listening to this on my iPod, I would have thrown it against the wall.
Too many things are wrong with this book and they would all have to be changed:
- policeman protagonist uses "intuition" to identify the killer.
- police plant evidence in order to aid conviction - this makes the case absurd "We follow the evidence" they say, but in fact they do not
- evidence requirements seem to range from non-existent to ridiculously stringent
I kept listening - I probably would have tossed the book down if I was reading it.
The general plot and the twist were interesting. They were just not enough to outweigh the absurd bits.
If cops identify suspects by imagination then they aren't using evidence. This undercuts the whole procedural story and makes it boring.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
Steve West in my opinion did a great job. I loved the dialects. He may have put the book at a 4 star rating for me. The book was o.k.... The inspector Sean Corrigan did seem to leap to conclusions that no one else would have. I get the idea of why he is supposed to be able to do that, but he could have done it with a little bit better detective work instead of what some would call unbelievable guess work. It does have a pretty good story line overall. It can be extreme for the light hearted.
It takes a lot to rock my world anymore. Set your sights at Medium for this one, and maybe it will surprise you.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content