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4.0 out of 5 stars Too many bad things, too few good people, 3 May 2014
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This review is from: Sorrow Bound: The 3rd DS McAvoy Novel (Hardcover)
The third outing for Aector McAvoy, the morally troubled DS who never seems far from a nasty situation, is in good form here. We're once more back in Hull, seen through the eyes of someone who knows the place pretty well.

This is good and complex story, initially a small action leading to very dangerous people who will do anything to gain their control of ciminal activities in Hull. The author treads a bleak course as usual. McAvoy is hunting down a serial killer without having any motive to link the deceased together.

Little by little, he garners information, the author cleverly laying out red herrings so that by page 238 I thought I knew who the killer was and by page 260 I knew I didn't. Even as we progress to the horrific ending, I still wasn't sure.

In effect there are two stories interlinked, the second being a small time drug dealer with grand ambitions thwarted by McAvoy's wife, Roisin, who has big ideas on how he's going to kill her.

McAvoy has other ideas but as his search for the serial killer reaches another nasty conclusion, he's way out on a limb and is powerless to prevent circumstances rapidly becoming uncontrollable.

This is a very good police procedural. If anything, for me, McAvoy is just too much of a good man. Despite what he's seen and done, he seems unable to prevent his heart from slowing down his investigation and thus the pace of the story. I'm not suggesting he should be the usual hard-nosed officer but just sometimes, whilst he's labouring with self-doubt, the thugs are carrying on regardless.

Anyway, roll on book 4. It will be interesting to see where we go from here.
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