This is the fifth Neil White book and once again features the police officer Laura McGainty and her boyfriend Jack Garrett; in previous novels the latter has been the main character, but in this instance, the story is well balanced between the two, and if anything, their is more weight given to the former.
Two murders have taken place in the northern town of Blackley, and the police realise they could have a potential serial killer on their hands; however, is there a connection between the two women, one the daughter of a police officer, the other of the local "crime lord"..... McGainty and her team undertake the formal investigation, whilst Garrett, having orininally been tasked with writing a story on the blight of northern towns, starts to use his own methods to investigate the crime in a different way, that only a journalist can.
Well written, graphic (certainly the last 40 or so pages are not for the feint-hearted), the novel is certainly a "page turner". Characters are well developed, and have certainly moved on from the last Neil White I read (the excellent Last Rites
). There are a number of twists and turns in the story to keep you guessing as to who the killer is, and why he selected his victims, so all in all a decent read.