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Now buying the rest of the series
on 6 January 2016
Detective Jackson, single father and homicide detective, is investigating a series of terror attacks on a sexual health clinic and the murder of one of its teenage patients. I found the story to be well plotted, this is not a "locked room" style murder mystery where the detective gathers the suspects together at the end and unravels the baffling sequence of clues to solve the case, but rather we follow along with the investigation's progress, gradually building up a picture of the events and major players. This is not to say that there are no twists in the plot, however, and the pace of the novel varies pleasingly between tense page-turning sequences and more relaxed moments to catch your breath.
On occasion the characters come across as a little bit overdrawn (of course the mayor is best friends with the police chief, the christian conservative parents beat their children, etc.) but this didn't bother me much, the mystery genre is more about plot than characterisation. At least Jackson is not a tortured misanthrope struggling to confront his demons. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and have already picked up the next few in the series.