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The Toy Taker (DI Sean Corrigan, Book 3) (Di Sean Corrigan 3) Hardcover – 13 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000748612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007486120
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 3.8 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The feeling of being at the heart of a police investigation seeps from every page’ Daily Mail

f you haven’t made Sean Corrigan’s acquaintance yet, don’t worry. This is as good a place to start as any. Jump in, make yourself at home, but remember to turn the heating up, as this is chilling crime at its best.’ Crime Review

‘Luke Delaney knows the London crime scene like the back of his hand and uses this inside knowledge to the full’ The Times

Praise for Luke Delaney:

‘A striking debut from a former Murder Squad Detective, Delaney is not his real name, but there is no doubt about his inside knowledge and ability to convey it’ Daily Mail

‘A confident, aggressive and very promising debut by a former Met detective’ The Times

‘An authentic voice on how the police operate with a stone-cold killer striking randomly around London … scary authenticity’ The Sun

About the Author

Luke Delaney joined the Metropolitan Police Service in the late 1980s and his first posting was to an inner city area of South East London notorious for high levels of crime and extreme violence. He later joined CID where he investigated murders ranging from those committed by fledgling serial killers to gangland assassinations.


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I only discovered Luke's second book in the DI Corrigan series at the beginning of the week. I read this one first as somebody wrongfully informed me it was the first, I loved it. I then went on to read the first and needless to say I became hooked, I downloaded The Toy Taker Tuesday and I finished it last night, I couldn't put it down, the storyline was fantastic, a little creepy too, I can imagine even more so for those with children of their own. if you haven't read any Luke Delaney yet I would HIGHLY recommend, you won't be disappointed, in some crime fiction I've read some of the stories can get a little far fetched but not with this one, the book constantly keeps you thinking and guessing.... brilliant is all I can really say. cannot wait for the next in the series, don't know what I'm going to read till then!
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I'm hard put to award two stars for this outing for DI Sean Corrigan. I read the previous book and found, in my review, that much of what I could say about this book is still with us, only more so.

It's boring, repetitive and hardly thrilling. Corrigan is a disorientated person, searching for someone to show him the way to solve the crimes. He even resorts to a priest to point him in the right direction.

Meanwhile, the kidnapper of small children is busy talking to his dead wife and, of course, God so we have pages upon pages of this very disturbed person's dialogue with non-existant forces. Sad, really.

The kidnapper carefully and expertly enters houses at night and abducts the child. In the first case, we are given a detailed scenario as he goes about his business. This is fine, we begin to see the man is at least good at something. However, we have the same detailed picture of every other kidnapping. You can skip pages and carry on where you left off, only to be met with more pages of dialogue with God.

As for Corrigan, he does his own thing, though not very well. Why he believes himself capable of visualising the inner mind of the criminal is at odds with the results. Any half-decent detective could have solved this case halfway through the book. Instead Corrigan swoops on a rather vile man feeling that htis is the kidnapper. He isn't and when finally we reach the rather soft finale, there is no mention of the original chappie and the part he is supposed to have played in the story.

Oh, then there's the AC Addis, Corrigan's boss.
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Having read both his previous books and found them to be really good reads , I pre ordered this one .
What a disappointment , he appears to have changed from a winning formula , to a plodding frankly ludicrous plot .
The police are useless and by the end I just wanted to be finished with it .
I will be very wary about buying any more Luke Delaney books!
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i bought all three of luke delaney books & hoped i was in for a good read, i was utterly disappointed in his third book toy taker, it was a lot of who shot john, it was long & drawn out & i got to the point i didn't want to pick it up & finish it, hope his fourth boo will be better or i won't be buying any more.life is too short to read bad books.
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Slightly different case this time for DCI Corrigan. Sean and his team are moved from Peckham to New Scotland Yard - a move not entirely welcomed by all. However the newly named Special Investigations Unit are immediately handed an unusual missing persons case - a young child, George, has been taken from his home in the dead of night. So begins the search for the missing boy whose disappearance is quickly followed by three more children.
Sean seems to have lost some of his intuitive reasoning powers possibly due to his burgeoning feelings for Anna. His wife Kate still has hopes of the family moving to New Zealand.
In this novel we also learn more about Sean's troubled childhood. All in all a good read!
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Even after saying that I would buy no more of this authors books, (after #2), I bought this one. But this author is no Stuart Macbride, there is no hint of humour, anywhere in any of his books, (I am now reading #4, The Jackdaw). I have never. in all my life, worked anywhere, where colleagues don't have a little joke with each other, now and again, even if only to relieve the boredom, or seriousness, of their activities. But this sour, dour, miserable person, D.I Corrigan, just keeps giving more of the same. His poor long suffering wife, Kate, is still taking his miserable moods in her stride. But, no, I shall be glad to finish #4 as the author has not yet written #5, so I will have caught up with his writing, and will NOT be buying #5. The Toy Taker, is, jue=st like the books that preceded it, another refection of this dour cop's personality. It's one long drag, from page one to the last page. Knowing what I know now, I would never have purchased the first book, After #1, I tried another, just to see if this miserable person, D.I. Sean Corrigan, would lighten up a little, both for his wife and children's sake, and for the lovely Sally, Corigan's partner. I only bought into this series, because I enjoyed Stuart Macbride's writing, and have read all his books to date. Accordingly, I am waiting for Mr. Macbride to complete his next book, ans this series was recommended as an alternative, which it IS NOT. There is no comparison between these authors. Buy into this series at your own risk, it is a boring set of books.
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