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This review is from: A Dark Redemption (Carrigan & Miller) (Paperback)
Another duo of police partners hits the spot in this first outing for DI Carrigan and PC Miller, soon to be Acting Sergeant Miller. Geneva Miller is probably the one to watch. Carrigan is rather more a stereotypical, crotchety and grumpy DI who does his own thing regardless, much to the annoyance of everyone except Miller. Unfortunately, Miller has been put on to the case to report back on Carrigan's attitude and progress in the hope he will - again, it seems - put his large feet into an even larger hole.
Not unexpectedly, Carrigan does just that but Miller finds herself drawn to the man professionally and so events do not turn out as her superiors would have wished.
The investigation into the heartless murder (sorry about the pun) of a Ugandan student soon turns into a lesson in African politics. This, in turn, finds the reader learning about Carrigan's earlier life spent, well, yes, in just that part of the world. With short flashbacks to the events which unfolded at that time, the reader is embroiled in not so much a whodunnit but who pulled the strings to get it done.
It's a clever story, it's a powerful foray into the mindset of another world which, regrettably, impinges on the English lifestyle simply because some of those involved are now in England. You may ask yourself if this is a good thing but don't let that worm away at you whilst you read the book. The author has done his research and portrays a credible environment in which his characters spend their time. A matter of their life and their death which Carrigan and Miller have to deal with, notwithstanding the murky waters of the Foreign Office spilling over into their investigation.
There are some small editorial errors which, since this is a published book and not a proof, should not be there but, once the case is successfully closed and the wheels within the wheels have stopped churning, I think you will like sufficiently these two new characters to want to read the next book.