The Keeper sees DI Sean Corrigan hard at work in his second tale. I have not read the first, Cold Killing, and I think this was a mistake since there are numerous references to the evil doer in that story, Sebastian Gibran, and the psychological and physical effect he had, particularly on DS Sally Jones. Hence although this is a very competent thriller which can work on one level as a standalone story, the reader who has not read Cold Killing is likely to feel there are large gaps in their background knowledge as I did.
Corrigan is a dedicated and obsessive detective who possesses the uncanny ability to get into the heads of serial offenders and to understand what is motivating them. In this way he is able to pinpoint characteristics of the perpetrator and to use these to track them down. This story starts with a kidnapping carried out by a damaged and compulsive character who we learn more about as the book progresses. It is interesting to appreciate the parallels between Corrigan's reading of him and the reality as the detective gradually hunts down his prey.
This is a well written book with some interesting characters, and which had me sufficiently captivated to read through it very quickly. There is clearly plenty of mileage in Corrigan as the lead character. He has already appeared in the third in the series, Toy Taker, which I have now started reading and which so far appears to be of the same high standard. Recommended.
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