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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • caroline
  • 08-15-14

Have a strong stomach and a sense of humour

What made the experience of listening to Red Light the most enjoyable?

I really like the narrator, she makes Katie Maguire come to life, and transports you to Ireland. I enjoy the rather gory macabre type of criminal detective work and how the baddie "gets it" in the end. But thats my preference.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy Stuart Macbride then you will enjoy this series. Start at the first book though, it introduces the characters. Make sure you have eaten first, unless you are on a diet. It puts you off your food a bit.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • 07-15-14

Mixed Up

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story should have stayed with the murders and not splayed off onto the supposedly sexual life of the police woman.

Has Red Light put you off other books in this genre?

yes

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lennon’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but the reading was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Light?

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!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Samantha
  • 09-07-16

loved it

love this author & the whole Katie collection amazing stories with a back story would need to start from the first too last

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  • MAGGS
  • 08-19-16

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

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  • Petra
  • 02-09-16

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.

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  • J. Bright
  • 10-14-15

Takes me back to Cork.

Stories are always good, but finish too quickly. Narration is outstanding, really captures the Cork vocabulary brilliantly.

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  • James
  • 10-03-15

Poor conclusion to an otherwise fair story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What could Graham Masterton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A tidier ending with confrontation between Maguire and the acting Chief Superintendent would have helped, but still wouldn't make a great read.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lennon – was your favourite?

None stood out.

Was Red Light worth the listening time?

Partly. A better conclusion would have left me more satisfied.

Any additional comments?

None.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Martyn
  • 03-26-15

A story to keep you listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the continuing story which feels so real. The characters fit so well into the story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously the main character of Katie is great

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Katie faced up to the assassin and did not shoot

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt that the subject of the world of these girls and their plight was very sad

Any additional comments?

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

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann D
  • 02-22-15

Gripping!

What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beware the anger of a woman.

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Haitch
  • 02-22-15

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Raechel
  • 06-08-15

Good story good characters

Slow but picked up- will read more titles
Some spots predictable. Strong lead character and adversary

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  • katie
  • 09-04-17

excellent loving this author and narrater

loving this author and narrated the best series I've listened to for awhile author excellent