on 29 December 2012
Having read and enjoyed the first two Detective Shakepeare novels from J Robert Kennedy I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I found the plot thrilling with more twists and turns than your avaerage rollercoaster. There were some strong links to the themes in the previous books such as the psychology of killing and of humankind in general, how survivors deal with their predicament and also the fate of the families of victims. What I found so brilliant about this book though was how it filled us in on some of the details of Shakespeare's life. Very much a peripheral character in Depraved Difference, he became more two dimensional in Tick Tock but The Redeemer will leave you in no doubt as to the nature and character of this man. A true hero. I even love that he isn't perfect; a slave to his stomach and a hostage to his waistline, it just makes him all the more likeable for me!
If you a hesitating over whether to invest in this novel. STOP! Just buy it! You definitely won't regret it.
on 19 November 2012
They say three's a charm and this third book in the series is certainly that. Detective Shaespeare returns in this third outing where we learn more of his past as well as what his near future will be like. The thing is, he isn't your normal hero type. If you described 'Shakey' to anyone, none of them would come up with the word hero. But that's exactly what he is; brave, forgiving, tough and strong and yet at times, frightened, fragile and weak. He lives to do good; to look after his friends, be a good person and to uphold justice. He is certainly a hero of mine.
Just as he does in his other series of books, J. Robert Kennedy defines his characters in such a way that it is very easy to get to know them. No two dimensnal stuff here!
The plot is thick with twists and turns all the way through, right up to the last page with a twist that once having read it, it seemed obvious as there were lots of clues in the book. But they were subtle and clever and were never allowed to breach your subconscious mind. Brilliant!
If you're undecided about buying this book and haven't read the first two in the series, buy all three - you will not be disappointed. And it's time there was a Detective Shakespeare Fan Club!
A serial predator has had his conviction reversed due to tainted evidence. Unfortunately another crime similar to the ones he was originally convicted for is committed the night of his release. What happens after that is a roller coaster of a plot which leaves the detectives reeling and not knowing which way to turn - I have to say I was similarly bemused as it seems there are new twists on every page. I can't say, however, that the intricate plotting is the best thing about this book because for me it is the characterisation. Mr Kennedy makes the characters come alive with great banter and traits we can all identify with - they just seem so normal and that's a really hard thing to achieve.
on 3 June 2013
Another good read in this series. J.Robert Kennedy has a knack for keeping the reader hooked on the story. Full of mystery to keep you guessing. This book digs deeper into Shakespeare's character. I have only given it 4 stars, as this book more than the first two in the series, has more holes in it. Considering how well the detectives pick up the clues and find their way to the truth, they also make a couple of glaring errors that any decent cop would not have overlooked. Despite that I still think this is really well constructed plot and would not hesitate to buy another in the series if the author produces one.