Fatal Act – Excellent thriller
Fatal Act by Leigh Russell is the sixth outing for Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel but my first time reading of anything by Russell. I can say I really enjoyed reading the story, the plot is strong and the writing just flows with style and panache. One of the advantages of Fatal Act is for a thriller it could be looked at as a short story with just 320 pages so there is no overblown descriptions and the story is kept moving.
DI Geraldine Steel and her Sergeant Sam Haley are called out to a fatal road crash both wondering why traffic are not investigating. A Porsche has been completely totalled when it hit a black transit van on a one way street. The Porsche drive is in the car but there is no sign of the van driver, the driver seems to have disappeared in to thin air.
They find that the person killed is an up and coming actress in a TV series, and that the van that killed her is owned by her boyfriend, director and casting director Piers Trevelyan. Trevelyan becomes the obvious suspect and so that is how the investigation starts and everything points towards his guilt. When another starlet is murdered on a bridge once again associated with Trevelyan he is looking as guilty as hell. With both investigations the CCTV shows a tall woman who just seems to disappear, vanishes in to thin air. It is when Zac, Trevelyan’s son is murdered that the question is asked who actually wants to see Trevelyan punished for something.
As the investigation gets longer the list of suspects does not really expand from one, but not being able to see what is already in front of her will put her sergeant in the way of trouble and could cost them both their lives. The clues are there will you see them before DI Steel? Well you will have to read Fatal Act to find out.