Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Reckoning-Jane Casey

The Reckoning

Jane Casey

Minotaur, May 22 2012, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312622008

In London Metropolitan police Superintendent Charles Godley, assigns Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan and Detective Inspector Josh Derwent to investigate two similar homicides. Both victims were convicted sex offenders and tortured by the culprit; however Barry Palmer's skull was fractured while Ivan Tremlett's throat was sliced. A third pedophile is murdered in a similar manner but his head was blown off his body.

Someone on their task force is leaking information to the media who makes the killer into a hero because of whom the victims were. Kerrigan and Josh Derwent save the fourth victim. This sends them to search for Cheyenne, the missing teenage daughter of brutal gangster John Skinner as time is running out for the girl.

The latest DC Kerrigan police procedural (see The Burning) is a fabulous investigative thriller as reticent Maeve swims upstream in a testosterone ocean. She makes the tale work with her feminine perspective as she shows confidence on the job though copes poorly with nasty bullying Derwent who ridicules her as being inadequate; she knows she cannot report him to her superior as Giodley will assume she is too sensitive to do the job. Her maybe romance with Detective Constable Rob Langton lessens Kerrigan’s self-esteem though this is somewhat a standard but distracting sub-genre element. With a couple of twists including who is behind the killings, fans will enjoy Kerrigan’s second case.

Harriet Klausner

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