In a grimy flat in the city of Cork, a man lies dead. His face is unrecognisable: seven gunshots have shattered cartilage and bone. Yet DS Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, knows exactly who he is. Amir Xaaji Maxamed, an evil man who trafficked young girls to be sold for sex. When a second pimp is killed, Katie must decide. Are these vigilante murders justified? And can she stop them spiralling out of control?
©2014 Graham Masterton (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time" (Peter James)
"This is Graham Masterton’s third novel featuring Irish detective Katie Maguire. A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)
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"Excellent story Graphic description"
This is my first book by author and it was so so good. Interest was maintained and I didn't want to put it down. Caroline Lennon proved a superb narrator on this one and felt that this added greatly to enjoyment of story. The characters (I found) held my attention despite their seedy natures and jobs. I was keen to know what was going to happen next. I felt there were a few occasions when it was a little far fetched but really this did not take from the story. I liked the character of Katie Maguire.
There are scenes of violence, torture described in graphic detail so readers need to be mindful of this. In some ways it was even more graphic than Stuart MacBride and thats saying something. I would really recommend this one and am now going to get the other two books in the series.
The story should have stayed with the murders and not splayed off onto the supposedly sexual life of the police woman.
No but the reading was fine.
I would have cut out all the stupidity, e.g. there is no need for the boyfriend to say he had taken the dog out and it had done it's business! Also there were parts of the book that could never have been true in a murder scene, there were too many anomalies. It seemed that the writer kept going off into a 'coronation street' mode, with the listener often feeling as if the book had, now and again, to be aimed at those who read Mills & Boom!
Caroline is usually an excellent narrator. Here, however, the emphasis and inflection was wrong many times. I was surprised, as I have listened to her several times before and this has never previously been the case. Of course the editing is also lacking for not picking this up. However, great ability still knocks spots of most narrators, so it still merits four stars.
Beware the anger of a woman.
This is a gripping listen/read. It is not for the faint hearted, as it is frequently quite gruesome. Sadly, I found Katie somewhat superficially drawn and this makes it a four star story, rather than a five for me. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading others in the series.
"Gritty crime thriller enfused with Irish wit"
I have not seen the print version but found the audio version to be thoroughly engrossing
Det Supt Katie McGuire
The detail in the opening scenes where the first body was found set a very high standard for the rest of the book
A Corker of a crime thriller
Not listened to her before, but she was very good.
This was my first graham masterton book and really enjoyed it, it did start off a bit slow but eventually it all came together, lots of blood and gore!! Loved that. An author who tells it like it is "out there !!" Will start on some of his other books.
"I will yeah!"
Plus: female main character & Irish context
Minus: romance sub plot is just silly
The cork voice is authentic even if some of the views held about women in the police force are severely outdated - we have moved on!
"Masterfully written, brilliantly narrated."
Masterfully written and brilliantly narrated by Caroline Lennon this brilliant audiobook is part of the Katie Maguire series but could quite easily be listened to as a stand-alone book. If you haven’t listened to the previous two in this series be prepared that there are some fairly gruesome murder scenes, also in this one there are some rather graphic sexual scenes, which I certainly wasn’t expecting, so if you are easily offended then this probably isn’t an audiobook for you. It is also an excellent sequel to White Bones and Broken Angels, Katie continues to try to juggle her personal life with the constant pressures and responsibilities of being a Garda detective in Cork. In Red Light, the plot focuses on the trafficking of young foreign girls into prostitution and the subsequent quest of The Revenging Angel to rid the streets of Cork from all the low life scum involved with forcing these girls into prostitution. Personally, it took a couple of chapters to get going and then I loved it just as much as the previous two, I'm not sure if it really needed the graphic sex scenes or maybe thats just me, but it didn't put me off and I have already downloaded the next one.
Listeneing again might not be for me as I already know where the plot is going, the developments/twists were a highlight.
Other reviewers have mentioned that scenes are at times highly graphic and that is true this is offset by brief snippets of humour between characters which on occasion had me rewinding a few seconds to see if I caught the meaning correctly. These were performed brilliantly.
Strangely for a work concerning such a grave topic there are plenty of comic moments to lighten the mood.
"A story to keep you listening"
This is the continuing story which feels so real. The characters fit so well into the story
Obviously the main character of Katie is great
When Katie faced up to the assassin and did not shoot
I felt that the subject of the world of these girls and their plight was very sad
The narrator Caroline Lemon as in previous books in this series ,was superb. She made each character easily identified and thus made the story into a real play. Wonderful listening
"Well read and entertaining"
A gruesome tale of revenge, excellent narrator who took on the challenges of the different accents and brought the story to life.
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