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7 Nov 2013 Maeve Kerrigan

He meets women.

He gains their trust.

He kills them.

That's all Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes by the same sadistic killer. With no sign of a break-in, every indication shows that they let him in.

But the evidence is pointing at a shocking suspect: DI Josh Derwent, Maeve's colleague.

Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him? Because this isn't the first time Derwent's been accused of murder.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0091948363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091948368
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,578 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

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4.0 out of 5 stars All about Josh 4 July 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Casey on Crime. 22 Aug 2013
By Pigwin
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wall to Wall Derwent... 8 Aug 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
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First of all thank you to the publishers for allowing me a copy of this book via Netgalley.

So here we are at book 4, in a series I have loved from Jane Casey, namely that of Maeve Kerrigan and more importantly (Sorry Maeve!) her sometime boss and sidekick the adorably unlikeable (but loveable) DCI Josh Derwent. This instalment finds Maeve and co on the track of a serial killer....However she is put in a difficult position when it becomes clear to her that the prime suspect is Derwent himself...

I adored this book for many reasons. Firstly the series main characters are all so very good, and much as I have a crush on Derwent, Maeve is just as loveable - I especially like her ironic and plausible outlook on her own psyche and actions - often telling herself off as she dives head first into a situation she KNOWS she should avoid..and the way she tends to just fall into the people who are eventually going to become important to her and gives them pieces of her soul without even realising she is doing it. As someone who often has those "lightbulb" moments herself I can relate. As for Josh Derwent, well. He is difficult to describe..the best I can do. You know that silly game you play with friends called "Marry, Sleep with or Kill ?"...well in the book world Josh Derwent would be my answer to all three. Really. And he's getting a bigger role in each novel...this one was, as described to me by the author "Wall to Wall Derwent" and that made me one happy reader. The aptly named Godley is also a treat as he tries to keep the unruly pair under control and the rest of the cast of unlikely and likely characters all add to the whole.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a hugely enjoyable series... 6 July 2013
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One murder might be a one-off, two might be a coincidence, but a third means there's a serial killer at work. Maeve Kerrigan is assigned to the investigating team and is shocked to discover that the chief suspect is Josh Derwent, her colleague and boss. OK, he's an unreconstructed male chauvinist pig, he's a bully and a womaniser but...a murderer? Maeve can't believe it. At least, she almost can't believe it - but this murderer is plausible, he gains the trust of his victims and his psychological profile does sound an awful lot like Derwent...and it seems this isn't the first time he's been a murder suspect...

When I try to pin down why I love the Maeve Kerrigan books so much, it comes down to two things - the characterisation and the humour. Yes, the plotting is good, the stories are complex enough to keep the reader guessing and the running story arcs add an extra layer of interest. But what lifts these books way, way above average is Casey's skill at creating completely believable characters and giving them dialogue that is both witty and natural.

Derwent has been playing a bigger role in each book and is central to this one. Despite his flaws (of which there are many) he is great fun - he takes great pleasure in winding Maeve up but she's getting better at giving as good as she gets. And beneath his macho act, there's courage, loyalty and integrity and, like Maeve, the more we get to know him, the more we can't help feeling a sneaking liking for him. They've become a true crime fiction double-act - maybe not Holmes and Watson, exactly, but perhaps Dalziel and Pascoe, or Rebus and Siobhan. But in this pairing the junior officer, Maeve, is very much the central character.
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Love Maeve Kerrigan series, this latest instalment was no exception couldn't put it down till I finished. Can't wait for the next Maeve read, brilliant characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little slower than usual
I'm an avid reader of Jane Casey & am normally gripped by her novels. I didn't feel as drawn into this story as I did the others but still enjoyed it
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