- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 864 KB
- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: Blasted Heath (5 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908688564
- ISBN-13: 978-1908688569
- ASIN: B00GWGYIK4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Plague of Crows (DS Thomas Hutton 2) Kindle Edition
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For those of you who have read the work from the Barney series (and if you haven't you should), you'll be aware of the amazing shades of darkness that Lindsay can create as well as the tremendous use of humour and character that are as much part of the sandwich as the butter and the bread.
What's different about the Hutton story in `The Plague Of Crows' is that it exists in the more mainstream world of the police procedural, not that it's an entirely conventional setting.
For the fans of the police detective and the ins and outs of the process of finding a killer, there's plenty here that will satisfy the appetite. There's also a huge amount more that is likely to leave fans of the genre expecting something extra from their next choice, simply because of the extra layers and dimensions Lindsay offers.
Hutton has been rediscovering himself after a suspension from the force, a suspension brought on by his super-strong sexual desire, his lack of care for what others think about him, his love of danger and his hard-as-nails fists. He's spent his time in a tent in the Scottish countryside and has reached a place of inner-peace, giving up the women, the cigarettes and the booze. When he's called back into operation to help out on a very particular case, it's inevitable that he's going to find his way back to his old habits and that things will spiral out of control. Him being a war journalist who has seen plenty, it's also easy to find some sympathy with him for his unabridged behaviours.
The thing is, the case is hugely different to most you'll come across. More macabre and intelligent than the majority of those you'll find in other novels.Read more ›
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first - I can imagine the scenario and crime scene would not be to everyone's taste. It's still a superbly crafted, but dark novel, but I'd recommend starting with the first in the series, and as an introduction to the author it might be wiser to stick with the superb Barney Thomson series.
Enough about plot. Characters - ah yes! In CROWS, Lindsay starts to lift the corner of the duvet to give the reader a peep at the dirty, heaving blackness carried around on Hutton's back. We already know this man is severely damaged by something in his past...and here it is, in all its fetid glory.
And then more stuff happens to him. How much can any man take, you may wonder, as Hutton moves from coffee to vodka to woman after woman.
A warning - you will feel like taking Hutton into a dark corner and having 'a word with him' about his attitude to woman. Stick with it though - trust me, but I did think for a bit that Lindsay had gone a bit too far with objectification - was it it just salacious writing or was there some purpose behind all the tongue lolling, breast fantasising? You'll find out in Book 3.
A Plague of Crows is a fantastic book which reintroduces us to DS Hutton, an irreverent, self centred cop who spends as much time looking for his next sexual conquest as he does seeking a serial murderer. He is a hilarious character handled brilliantly by Lindsay, I rarely laugh out loud when reading a book but this character hits my funny bone. The investigation is fast paced, entertaining and accurately reflects the frustrations of weak leadership and internal politics that blight serious Police investigations.
This was the third Lindsay book I have read and I have already started my fourth, surely that is, of itself, a strong recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If " The Birds" made you afraid to walk in the park then you'll probably stay indoors for a bit ( turning the pages if nothing else)Published 8 days ago by jah2012
I love the Thomas Hutton books, can't wait to read the next one now. Perfect for reading on a sunny day!Published 1 month ago by c edwards
Very good book keeps you on your toes to the end very well writtenPublished 3 months ago by tony robertson
A definite five stars. Brilliant writing a great sense of humour. Felt like I was literally going insane laughing out loud then being self conscious enough to glance round... Read morePublished 3 months ago by julia cosgrove
Quite a gritty book, much easier to read than his first one. Although a bit too much talk about sex than is needed. Looking forward to the third onePublished 7 months ago by matt potts
DS Thomas Hutton is a total loser and slightly repulsive in his attitude towards women, but the book is very good and he is a very convincing character. Read morePublished 7 months ago by able