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on 23 August 2015
When all the evidence points in one direction and the Detective in charge of the investigation can feel the evil emanating from his main suspect, it should be a simple matter to join the dots and make all the right connections to be able to take the said suspect off the streets. This killer seems to be going out of his way to make himself known to the Police but never leaving any trace of himself as evidence. The investigation here is very thorough but perhaps limited in its scope. The team is working well together, all following up different angles, but one of them is looking to be the one who gets any relevant information first and uses his connections to do so, another is following up on leads which have generated further leads but without necessarily feeding back the resulting information in a timely manner. Despite all of that, I liked the sense of purpose of the team working together and the DI using his connections to get in on the ground floor of the investigations into murders which occur in locations which come under a different division. There is some good lateral thinking and by being methodical they make connections where none might otherwise have been made. This helps them to establish a pattern, or lack thereof, which nonetheless helps them to make the necessary links. Added to all of this is an uncanny ability on the part of DI Sean Corrigan to get inside the mind of the killer and to think like him which is both a blessing and a curse, as, he is not only able to pick up on clues but also leads him to fixate on one person.
This is a well put together story which has an almost mesmeric quality as it keeps the reader gripped with a slight sense of unease, and a desire to go on reading in order to get through the next disturbing passage and hope to gain more insight. Although the investigation is primarily led by DI Corrigan, the team which he works with is well described. There is a twist at the end of the novel which neatly sets up the potential for a further book in a series. I found it hard to put down and would have happily continued reading for many more hours.