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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091948363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091948368
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All my criminal elements have some basis in reality, no matter how awful they may be. Nothing is completely farfetched." Jane Casey

Crime is a family affair for Jane Casey. Married to a criminal barrister, she has a unique insight into the brutal underbelly of urban life, from the smell of a police cell to the darkest motives of a serial killer.

This gritty realism has made her books international bestsellers and critical successes; while D.C. Maeve Kerrigan has quickly become one of the most popular characters in crime fiction.

Twice shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award as well as the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Jane has been recently longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

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"Jane Casey's police procedurals go from strength to strength" (Sunday Times)

"Jane Casey draws her characters well and hard-working Maeve is an appealing heroine." (Choice)

"So why has this series gained such a loyal following? Kerrigan’s plucky, has good instincts and has a naturally sharp and witty tongue. Jane Casey expertly weaves her plot through the actions of various characters keeping even a seasoned crime fiction reader guessing to the end. Gripping and hugely entertaining, The Stranger You Know is peopled with richly drawn characters and the gritty realism of contemporary London. You don’t need to have read the previous novels in the series, but The Stranger You Know is highly likely to leave you reaching for them. Kerrigan is to today what Jane Tennison surely was at the start of her career. An attractive and engaging character, she could well prove to be as enduring." (Catholic Herald)

"THE STRANGER YOU KNOW is a beautifully mature outing from Jane Casey, which builds nicely on the characters and relationships of the investigating team from earlier books, exploring their complexities, and introducing a few new ones. All this, on top of a well-plotted crime investigation makes for a highly absorbing read that I thoroughly recommend." (EuroCrime)

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The latest crime thriller featuring detective Maeve Kerrigan - winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
Three strangled and mutilated women in London - one cold case - and a journey back into DI Josh Derwent's tangled past.

I've been reading Jane Casey since her first book (The Missing) and have become hooked on her Maeve Kerrigan series. Casey has become a far more confident writer over time and less inclined to fall back into genre clichés. There are a few moments in this latest book where we have to groan at Maeve's blindness (the roses...) or her ability to `just know' that someone's the murderer (especially when she `just knew' that someone else was the killer a few pages back), but these are small niggles in a gripping read which had me reading far into the early hours of the morning.

At the heart of this book is DI Josh Derwent who I adore for his gruff and unreconstructed brand of un-PC machismo blended with a deep and genuine integrity. The relationship between him and Maeve took centre-stage in the last book (The Last Girl), and remains at the heart of this one.

So this is an exciting police-procedural with genuinely gripping characters who have changed and developed over the series. I've been waiting eagerly for this book, couldn't help gulping it down in one long sitting - and now can't wait for the next one.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Macey89 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2015
Format: Paperback
Detective Maeve Kerrigan has a strained relationship with her boss - the chauvinistic, obnoxious, but occasionally charming DCI Josh Derwent. But when a recent spate of murders in London starts throwing up parallels to the murder of Dewent’s girlfriend twenty years earlier, it soon becomes clear that her superiors suspect that he might have a darker side.

Despite being under strict instructions not to talk to Derwent about the details of their current investigation, Maeve finds herself increasingly torn between following orders and allowing Derwent to help her in her attempts to find out what really happened to his girlfriend all those years ago.

Although Maeve doesn’t believe Derwent capable of killing, the cases throw up more and more disturbing similarities. As more bodies are discovered, and the cold case brings old feelings to the surface, Maeve becomes increasingly unsure if she really knows her colleague at all.

It’s an engrossing, fast paced read that kept me gripped the whole way through. It’s full of red herrings, hidden motives and unexpected twists and it kept me guessing right up until the end – just the way a detective novel should!

Maeve’s a great character – and I really enjoyed reading a crime novel seen through the eyes of a rookie cop at the bottom of the murder squad totem pole. Too often this type of book is presided over by a jaded, worn down police boss with a dark past. By contrast, Maeve’s enthusiasm and ambition shine through and give this series a fresh new feel and perspective.

This is the fourth in a series of novels featuring Maeve Kerrigan, but I picked it up and thoroughly enjoyed it without having read any of the previous novels, so it works equally well as a stand-alone novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pigwin on 22 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Three women have been strangled in separate incidents in their homes and the crimes are obviously the work of a serial killer who manages to gain the trust of these ladies. In each case there is no sign of forced entry indicating that the women admitted the killer into their homes. This is the latest case for D.I. Maeve Kerrigan who has been drafted onto the team investigating the brutal murders. However, Maeve is shocked to realise that the prime suspect is none other than Josh Derwent who is not only a colleague but also her boss. To complicate matters Maeve has been instructed not to discuss the case with Josh.

Maeve is a complicated lady with quite a few hang-ups but she is also a highly motivated, confident and ambitious police officer with a very keen sense of humour. While Maeve is certainly the main character, Josh has been getting more coverage over the course of the previous books and he is at the heart of this story. Although ostensibly macho and chauvinistic he has an underlying core of decency and integrity and there is certainly no doubting his courage. I have become quite fond of him especially having read The Stranger You Know.

There are many surprises in store for fans of Jane Casey and this book is more than capable of standing alone but I imagine readers who have not read the previous novels in this series will want to get their hands on the earlier novels.

I love Jane Casey's writing as she manages to combine seriously gripping plots with excellent characterization and her style is both fluid and trenchant and totally lacking in affectation.

The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I am eagerly awaiting developments in the Kerrigan/Derwent saga.
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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Maeve born into a family of Irish stock is an attractive female detective with maverick tendencies who has worked with Josh Derwent closely and now he is suspected of murder! In previous books Maeve has found herself in some pretty uncomfortable situations having acquired a stalker and a fellow policeman boyfriend as well as a boss who is taking money for information along the way.

Maeve's relationship with Josh Derwent has been difficult, she finds him hard to deal with but when she is told to keep her superiors suspicions secret she doesn't know what to do for the best. To make it worse the young women that he is suspected of killing are all believed to be linked to a killing 20 years previously so Maeve is juggling a cold case review as well as dealing with the horror of lonely young women being killed in their own homes.

This is a solid good read, the plot holds together well with Jane Casey weaving the story with wry humour and clever observations through a number of characters, both suspects and witnesses, time periods and across London boroughs. I thought I had the killer quite early on but I was wrong which is a bonus and marks this out as a good book. The characters have developed well with Maeve coming across far better than she did in the first outing. This book also gives us much more of an insight into Josh and why he acts the way he does.

This works well as a stand-alone book but I'm sure anyone who picks this one up will be strongly tempted to buy the three previous books.

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