A killer is terrorising London but this time the police are the targets. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of brutal attacks on fellow officers, Maeve Kerrigan and her boss, Josh Derwent, have little idea what motivates the killer’s fury against the force. But they know it will only be a matter of time before the killer strikes again.
Let me say at the outset that I’m so delighted to have discovered a new author whose novel I really liked that I went off and sought out the first book in this series (The Burning).
This book, The Kill, is the fifth in the Maeve Kerrigan series, a Detective Constable based in London of Irish parents. As a woman, and a tall woman at that, and second-generation Irish, she gets regular slagging from her colleagues. It’s also not helped by the fact that she was called on to the murder squad by her boss, Godley, earlier than others feel was warranted. That fact alone has led colleagues to speculate that they’re having an affair …
Here, Kerrigan and her boss, John Derwent, have to find out who’s murdering police men and women across London. Along the way, Kerrigan figures out what’s going on with the answer closer to home than she likes.
Casey’s writing style is attractive, the novel fast paced, the banter between colleagues unforced and realistic. Just as familiarity breeds contempt, so do Kerrigan, Derwent and colleagues pick up on each other’s annoying habits. More than most, I found this to be quite a realistic portrayal of how colleagues behave – they fancy each other, they dislike each other, they know too much about each other.
And, again, whilst the violence against the cops escalates, it’s not unrealistic and, amidst the chaos and running around London, they do stop for breakfast and the odd kip. That’s one criticism I have of US crime fiction – the manic pace of the investigations and the ratcheting up of serial murders, the Karen Rose all-nighters, the Jack Reacher ability to go for days without food or sleep. I just can’t identify with that side of it, whereas going for a fry up in the morning to keep you going (and awake), well, who hasn’t done that?!
I liked novel, the easy style, the layering of each character which was delivered as a deceptive accumulation of info rather than delivered by the pallet-load. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next installment.