A young woman is found, savagely killed and then her body burned. Is this the work of the serial killer known as the Burning Man or a copy-cat? We follow the plot through the eyes alternatively of amibitious young DC Maeve Kerrigan and of the victim’s best friend, Louise.
Maeve is a very likeable character and I found her much more believable than most of the angst-ridden mavericks we have to contend with in crime fiction these days. She has a normal social life, loving parents and no obvious drink, drug or psychiatric problems. She respects and admires her boss, tries to stay within the rules and gets on with most of her colleagues. And she has a sharp wit and a good sense of humour. A great new entrant to the detective genre and one I hope to see again.
I loved the dialogue in this book, particularly the banter between Maeve and her colleagues. It sounds natural, just as people really speak to each other. And, since the book is written in the first person, we also get to share some of Maeve’s thoughts and insights – often very funny.
If you like Rankin, McDermid or Hill you should give this a try – highly recommended.
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NB This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine UK.