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A Masterpiece, 17 Feb. 2012
A Dark Redemption starts with Jack Carrigan being called to a small studio flat in central London, where the body of a young student has been discovered.
The method of killing alerts him that this one will not be an ordinary case.
DS Geneva Miller is an ambitious young female detective, who was demoted two years ago because she hit a superior officer. She is now offered the chance of promotion, but only on condition that she spy on DI Carrigan and report to their commanding officer. This sets the book wonderfully, creating a constantly shifting tension between the two main characters, as they both try to solve the murder.
Miller is convinced that the case has its roots in the dead girl's research work at university, but Carrigan thinks this is the work of a serial killer.
The plot takes us to an unknown side of London as the two detectives each follow their own hunches, coming up against each other as often as coming together.
Sherez produces a unique view of London, and I cannot remember ever reading a crime novel that goes so deeply into the strange world of London immigrants' community.
The writing is focused, sharp, and highly evocative. You feel as if you are there, whether it is the busy streets of Queensway or the squats in Peckham, where African illegal immigrants hide.
The two main characters are both original and Miller is one of the most engaging female lead I have encountered in a long time; fussy, independent and shouldering her own personal burden.
The interaction between DI Carrigan and DS Miller is funny, tense and drives the plot forward towards a conclusion I did not see coming at all.
As each chapter unfolds, we feel less sure of ourselves and everything we thought we know about the case is suddenly overturned.
It reminds me a lot of the TV series The Killing and the books of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
What set this apart from most crime novels I have read is the quality of the writing and the focus on the emotional toll that murder cases have on the detectives investigating them.
The ending left me totally stunned and yet was very satisfying, both psychologically and dramatically.
If you enjoy pacey, page turning crime novels, I would not hesitate to recommend this book. Just make sure you have plenty of time because once you start it is almost impossible to put down!