A Limited Justice Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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A man murdered outside his shop in Belfast, A WPC drowned and possibly raped found in the River Bann.
Two cases with apparently no links in this gripping first case for DCI Marc Craig. When the murderer strikes closer to home, with an attempt on a fellow police officer it becomes a race to find the killer before more bodies turn up.
This first novel by former police forensic medical examiner Catriona King is a tightly written, fast paced novel that reveals just enough along the way to keep you guessing until the unexpected reveal.
The characters of Marc Craig and his team, both police and civilian, are believable and have a depth to them that other authors don't always capture. Each character comes across as an individual, each with something different to bring to the team. I am hoping there will be many more stories to follow this one as the tale leaves us with unfinished business with some team members.
As for the murderer - as the story unfolds and you get to the reasons behind the crimes committed, you may get to thinking "what would I do under the same circumstances" and you may be surprised at the answer you come up with.
As a novel - a fantastic achievement. As a first novel - even more so. There is a new star on the scene and a brightly shining one at that.
Belfast needs its' own detective - and in DCI Marc Craig it now has one
There has been a brutal murder in broad daylight in a garage in Belfast, followed by a second equally gruesome one, and then a third . . . DCI Craig and his team are determined to find out the who the killers are and to stop them before they strike again. But they don't quite make that deadline and one of their own is attacked, racking up the heat on the investigation.
The story introduces DCI Marc Craig who I loved from the start. He is strong but kind and is perfect for the main character of a novel like this one. In fact I think the characters in the book are all really well written and work well together. The detective team are a particularly good group. I assume that it is King's previous experience in dealing with the Metropolitan Police that she has been able to put down her observations and form them into a realistic working environment that is great to read about. There is great camaraderie even in the face of adversity.
I think she did a really good job of the secondary characters too. They made the story what it was - a little bit gruesome, a little bit funny and a little bit touching as well as many other things. I particularly enjoyed the old lady who thinks herself a bit of a Hetty Wainthrop type. She is slightly batty but great fun.
The story is fast paced and quick.Read more ›
I may never have been to Belfast nor even to N. Ireland, but Catriona King creates a vivid sense of place. The characters are very human, with frailties and strengths that make them leap out from the page.
As Craig desperately tried to piece the case together, so did I but with less success – and the advantage of key suspects’ POVs told with a sympathetic angle that had me tempted to root for the wrong side.
A Limited Justice is the first in a crime series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Marc Craig, so I need to read the next one to see where the characters go. I want to know more and for that Catriona King is guilty.
I did not work out the ‘crime’ until very late in the book, almost the end – Catriona King managed to twist and weave the story to make the reader want to read more, get deeper into the gore and mystery. Some of it was brutal and some so tender it made me doubt my character suspicions. The ending was not as I envisaged, and literally left me saying out loud, ‘OMG’, much to the surprise of my fellow commuters.
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