Sunday, September 6, 2009

All My Enemies-

All My Enemies
Barry Maitland
Minotaur, Sep 15 2009, $13.99
ISBN: 978-0312384005

New Scotland Yard Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Inspector David Brock asks his new hire Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla if she can start earlier than negotiated as he has a hot homicide to investigate and could use her help. She agrees. Sunday school teacher Angela Hannaford was brutally murdered in her parents’ South London suburban home; the victim’s face was badly mutilated by a knife.

Kathy leads the inquiry under DCI Brock’s mentoring. This is not the first grotesque murder as other women have been victims of what increasingly looks like a serial killer. However, the Hanneford homicide has the first potential break though in the murder cases with a tie to an amateur theater troupe that leads to Brock and Kolla wondering whether the ugliness of the crime was not spontaneous out of control passion, but a rehearsed performance. As she digs deeper, DS Kolla places herself in danger from a culprit watching her every move closely.

This is reprint of Kolla’s first case working under the supervision of Brock. The story line is a terrific and fabulous police procedural starting with the opening chapter “Madonna without a Face” and continues throughout until the climax with its nod to Equus. Fans of the series will enjoy the first official Brock-Kolla collaboration as ALL MY ENEMIES affirms why this is one of the better long running British police procedurals.

Harriet Klausner