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- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Indepenpress; Kindle Edition edition (19 April 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XDBBIA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
As bodies of the second and third victims are found on succeeding days, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at work in Dublin.
Choosing a serial killer story for your first crime fiction novel is a bold move. It is too easy for stories in this genre for the focus become one of shocking the reader with graphic gore. So I was very pleased to see that Kitchin has written a very good police procedural that features a serial killer. This isn't to say that there isn't violence, there is, but it isn't drawn out in a voyeuristic fashion. There is one exception but I looked at it as means of showing just how far the killer has separated himself from any remaining humanity.
I don't want to say too much about the killer, The Raven. The hunt is intercut with scenes from The Raven's point of view and more of his methods are revealed. He is arrogant in his feeling of superiority and disdain for the police but not infallible. The way the clues are constructed and what the police do with them is clever, unique even, and adds to the enjoyment of the story.
Colm McEvoy is sympathetic and engaging character. He is still morning the death of his wife and trying to be a good father to his daughter while conducting the hunt for a psychopath.Read more ›
I now need the next book to be relesased ASAP as I need to have questions answered and the story continued - in some form. During the read, I became defensive and on the side of the DS Colm McEvoy and wanted the Charlie Deegan to fail and just get into trouble - and I usually don't take sides when reading books.
Many thanks for to the author and I would recomenf this to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel, especially with an Irish twist with wonderfully beleivable charachters.
The book was published in 2009, but Kitchin's 'Acknowledgements' on the final page are dated August 2008. Thus, he was probably writing the story in 2007 and the beginning of 2008. The novel shows how contemporary crime fiction, as opposed to historical crime fiction--which has the benefit of hindsight--can, in the hands of a prescient writer, capture the most salient elements of a corrupt state, although at the time of writing the writer doesn't know what is going to happen in a few months' or a few years' time.
Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy is put in charge of the hunt for a serial killer who, after every murder, leaves behind a deliberate set of clues, but in never enough detail--until it is too late. McEvoy is a decent man, a person whose human failings are numerous, and whose grieving for his dead wife, prevents him from functioning effectively, either as father or policeman. These traits reminded me of the police officers to be found in the crime novels of Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason. A big difference between Kitchin and Mankell or Indridason is that Kitchin refuses to tie everything up neatly with a pink bow at the end of the book.
You want Colm McEvoy to succeed but, at every turn of Kitchin's cruel handling of him, he screws up even worse than the time before, and the reader becomes more and more convinced of what McEvoy admits himself, that if the killer is ever unmasked it will only be by accident.Read more ›
Actually I very much enjoyed reading this clever and credible book. It has a real and interesting main character. The plot is nicely developed and it keeps my interest until the last page. A very entertaining reading. I look forward to read his next book where I expect to meet some of this characters again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A cracking read from start to finish, really liked the main charactor will look forward to reading more books by Rob Kitchin.Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by Andrew Hanley
a really exciting whodunnit. lots of gory murders, and a good hero character. also nice to learn a bit about Ireland.Published on 27 Jun. 2009 by I. N. Fuller