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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"You don't have to put on the red light"
“Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night”
DS Katie Maguire this time is trying to solve the murder of some of the lowest life in the city of Cork, Human traffickers and pimps are finding some very rough justice, in an unusual reversal of fortunes.
Interesting and character driven but as a police investigation it stretches credulity to the breaking point also the violence is not realistic and a bit gratuitously gory as usual with this writer.
Weak police story saved by Katie Maguire character and the problems she faces in her life.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
love this author & the whole Katie collection amazing stories with a back story would need to start from the first too last
"Red Light - not my type of book"
Red Light - not my type of book
Book was weak and didn't like narration either, victims cries of indignation was feeble
"Not as gory as books 1 and 2, but a bit repetitive"
The third book in the Katie Maguire series, and the topic this time is sex trafficking and prostitution. While I found this installment to be less gory than the previous ones, it was far more emotional because of the poignant stories of the girls/women affected. It wasn't as suspenseful as the previous books as there was no real mystery to the whodunit, and the plot was fairly simple. Despite of that, Masterton managed to create another very engaging story that was difficult to pause once I've started listening to it. I adore Caroline Lennon's narration now that there are no American accents involved.
Things I didn't like: there's the now obligatory lesbian attraction again. That's becoming too repetitive now. The other recurring thing that became a bit boring was the mention of the ringtones.
On the positive side, Masterton stayed away from cringe worthy sex scenes involving Katie this time.
I was a bit conflicted about the ending. I think I would have preferred to see justice being served in a different way. I hope the plot about some of the characters will be picked up in the next book, as there were several things left unresolved.
"Takes me back to Cork."
Stories are always good, but finish too quickly. Narration is outstanding, really captures the Cork vocabulary brilliantly.
"Poor conclusion to an otherwise fair story"
I found this story formulaic and that it lacked suspense. The author appeared to lose steam as the story ended abruptly, and left the reader to infer what was likely to happen (very untidily). Good authors (like Ian Rankin) use this to good effect as the relationship between characters leave you wanting more. I don't think I will be returning to Katie Maguire, and considered returning the book for a refund.
A tidier ending with confrontation between Maguire and the acting Chief Superintendent would have helped, but still wouldn't make a great read.
None stood out.
Partly. A better conclusion would have left me more satisfied.
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