Eye Contact (Inspector Harland 1) Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012
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A chilling game of cat and mouse that should keep you awake long after bedtime. DI Harland is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of British detectives. (Peter Robinson)
Let's welcome Fergus McNeill to the ranks of British Crime fiction innovators; he has found a darker shade of noir (Quintin Jardine)
Creepy, compelling and completely convincing (Erin Kelly, author of THE POISON TREE)
'A gripping first novel' (Irish Independent)
[A] cracking story, set in and around the Winchester/Salisbury area and has a cliff hanger ending which will, I hope, lead on to the next from this author. Great stuff. (www.randomjottings.typepad.com)
[A] confident debut from Fergus McNeill, mixing thriller with police procedural . . . to create a tense, compelling and truly unputdownable read . . . EYE CONTACT is a novel that will have the reader losing track of time. It also ends on an atypical note, adding to its originality. (www.itsacrimeuk.wordpress.com)
A great read and a chillingly clever insight into the mind and motives of a killer. Harland is a welcome new addition to the force of fictional coppers and McNeill a refreshing new voice in crime fiction; on the evidence of EYE CONTACT, we'll be hearing a lot more from them both. (Brian McGilloway)
A tense police procedural from a new author with a promising future in crime fiction (Choice magazine)
'A very impressive debut novel' **** (Star magazine)
An interesting and frightening concept (www.eurocrime.co.uk)
Don't look. Or you'll be next. An incredibly commercial crime debut that will make you think twice before you look a stranger in the eye . . .See all Product Description
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If there is one single mistake which new authors tend to make, it is to overcomplicate plots. The result is often confused, overlong and unbelievable. However, here Fergus McNeill starts out with a simple premise - a serial killer who makes a game of murder. When he decides it is time to kill, he patiently waits for the next occasion on which a stranger makes eye contact with him. At that point they have nominated themselves as his next victim and he hunts them down. Unlikely - certainly. Impossible - by no means. There is no problem whatsoever in buying into this as a credible scenario and since there is no obvious connection between the victims it must be the police's worst nightmare.
The main protagonists are very capably drawn up and the author really gets under their skin. On the one hand we have the killer, Naysmith. Although predatory, totally ruthless and cold blooded he comes across as a real and rather frightening persona as we learn about both his life and background. In the other corner we have the investigating policeman who is a damaged character - which could be a bit of a cliché as it is by no means an unusual scenario in fiction. In this case he has not got over the premature death of his beloved wife who he still deeply grieves. However, again the characterisation is done extremely well which makes the reader feel that they understand the man.Read more ›
Pitted against the Machiavellian Naysmith, is McNeill’s police protagonist, DI Graham Harland, who in an interesting synchronicity with the man he hunts, carries an equally intriguing and complex blend of character. There is no doubt that Harland is an extremely dedicated and accomplished police officer, but not far from the surface is the underlying grief and anger he carries one year on from his wife’s untimely death.Read more ›
I agree with other reviewers that the killer's character was the more thought out and explored. The police were one dimensional. We never really got to understand what Harland's problem with colleague Pope was - he only ever uttered a couple of slightly annoying comments that didn't really merit the hatred Harland felt for him. Likewise Harland's sidekick, though caring, wasn't really explored enough and we didn't get much of a picture of him - there wasn't any banter and the book lacked the humour of similar novels of this genre.
I may read the next in the series if I have some spare time, but unless the police protagonists become more interesting it will be my last outing with Inspector Harland.
What is so brave about 'Eye Contact,' and what reminds me of Durrenmatt's brilliant book, is that the author has pitted a cop against a seriously controlled and careful sociopath. Both characters' believability kept me turning the pages when so often I give up on a book early on.
The settings are so real too. More please!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cannot wait for the next book. Kept me interested to the very end. Planning to read other books by this author.Published 1 day ago by Martin J. Davis
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Fast-paced and easy on the eye because of a structure that draws the reader through because of a structure that manages to complete scenes and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Cox
Robert Naysmith is a successful businessman with a beautiful partner. He is also a murderer. His victims "choose themselves" by being the next person to make eye contact... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. J. Mackenzie
An easy pleasant read,taken from both detectives and criminals view points,moves along well,will read more in this series in futurePublished 8 months ago by Lynn
I have only recently started to get into Crime/Mystery novels, and the blurb for this book caught my attention straight away. Read morePublished 8 months ago by E. A. Kirton
I admit that I didn't read the blurb before buying this book. I saw DI Harland and plenty of stars so I assumed it would be a well written police procedural and in a way it is but... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elaine Tomasso