Top critical review
on 26 October 2016
Superficial, trite and ludicrously implausible. Cut and paste cliché after cliché into an unnecessarily long and overblown story full of gaping holes and contradictions with no regard to continuity of story or character development (excluding the excellent Grantley Ripper) and you end up with this nightmare.
Ok, the stuff about the killer is done very well: the description of the murders, his victims, his upbringing, his failing marriage, his ghastly, infuriating wife, his mother... yes, top marks, but it's lost in all the other unnecessary pith.
My real problem is with Burrows and Kelly et al. I doubt there's a police officer in London who isn't insulted by Cole's portrayal of them as stupid, obnoxious, bungling fools.
However, completely unforgivable and cringesomely laughable is Ms Cole's futile attempt to justify the crimes of the violent, bank robbing, whore-mongering hero (pg 350), all nicely rounded off when he rhetorically asks "What is the world coming to?" Are you serious?
Some signs of life but overall, for those who possess a functioning brain cell, I'd advise you to avoid this pap.