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The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan, Book 1) (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) Hardcover – August 30, 2011

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“Irish author Casey’s impressive series debut, a taut serial-killer thriller, delves deeply into the psyches of three women. . . . Casey expertly combines a perceptive crime drama with an insightful look at the women’s overlapping problems.”
—Publishers Weekly

 

“Casey deftly . . . cranks up the tension and pace, blending a page-turning and realistic police procedural with a tense character study reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s psychological explorations.”
—Sunday Independent (Ireland) on The Burning

About the Author

JANE CASEY was born and raised in Dublin. A graduate of Oxford with a M. Phil from Trinity College, Dublin, she lives in London where she works as an editor. This is her second novel.

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Product Details

  • Series: Maeve Kerrigan Novels (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312614179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312614171
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 31, 2011
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The premise of The Burning is intriguing. It is about serial murders, and the main character here is DC Maeve Kerrigan, though the story itself is told via multiple points of view. Maeve is young, in a troubled relationship, and eager to prove herself in a male-dominated field. The case she's involved in centers on the murders by a serial killer come to be known as the Burning Man, a person who brutalizes and burns women. When the fifth victim is found, Maeve throws up some interesting questions and gets deeply involved with the case, leading to some startling revelations.

The story moves forward at just the right pace, and there's no "padding" here - the book flows well, without getting caught up in needless description and details. Maeve is an interesting character and one of the strengths of the story is the author's ability to delve more deeply into her characters. The format where the story is told by different individual's points of view also facilitates this.

This is a well-written police procedural, and I intend to look up the author's previous works. I would also recommend the DI Vera Stanhope series of police procedurals written by Ann Cleeves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich Stoehr on September 5, 2011
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I have to admit, I've got a thing for modern mysteries and thrillers set in the United Kingdom. Whether it's Ian Rankin's tales of the dark underbelly of Edinburgh or Tana French's brooding, compelling stories, there's just something about them that appeals.

Jane Casey's 'The Burning' comes close to the high bar set by the likes of Rankin and French, missing only by a small mark, but overall spinning an original and sometimes gripping yarn.

The good stuff is here in abundance. A smart opening, dropping you right into a potential lead in an ongoing investigation. A twisted and multifaceted case involving a series of shocking murders in London's parks and an unlikely suspect with a history reaching back to college days at Oxford. A smart, funny, and engaging main character in investigator Maeve Kerrigan. A fast-paced denouement that is unputdownable, and reads like Patricia Cornwell or J.A. Jance at the top of their game. And that overall sense of London pervading all, grey and murky and rich with history.

Where Casey misses are little things - a shift in perspective partway in that feels too convenient and brief diary entries that give away a little too much. These things don't ruin the story, but handled a little more elegantly they could really enhance the tension rather than distracting from it.

Still, 'The Burning' is solid, well-crafted, and compulsively readable, and yet another example of why the field of UK-based mysteries and thrillers is so rich with good stories.

You can bet I'll be looking for more from Jane Casey.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By anne ewbank on October 31, 2011
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A thoroughly good book. Descriptive language and very good characterizations. I believe that this young woman is certainly in the same league as some other very well known British mystery writers,based on the fact that I read a lot of British mystery novels, especially the greatest of them all, Ruth Rendell. I am now eager to read her other books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
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The "Burning Man" is the name given by the press to the killer who has attacked and beat four women to death before setting them on fire in various places in the city of London. Maeve Kerrigan, a detective constable and one of the few women on the investigative team, is called to the scene of a fifth victim. As she begins to delve into the crime and interview friends and relatives, some questions about this particular murdered woman, Rebecca Haworth -- make Maeve wonder if Rebecca is really the victim of a copycat killer instead.

The narrative is told in the alternating voices of Louise, Rebecca's best friend, and Detective Kerrigan. Although the ending is somewhat predictable, the story is good and the characters are well developed. It's not a typical fast paced suspense thriller but more a well plotted and deliberate by-the-book report of the investigation into the crimes. I understand this is the debut of a new series and I will most likely look for the next one when it comes out.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen N. Janoski on December 16, 2010
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I purchased this book while on vacation in London. Once I started to read it, I could not put it down. I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed in the book. I stayed up late at night because reading another chapter was more important than getting my rest.
The chapters are written from the perspective of several characters. The story is taut and well written.
I hope Amazon will have the books by this excellent writer soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cicadanymph on August 22, 2013
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This book started out quite entertaining but became increasingly dull as I read it. One problem is that the killer is fairly obvious. There just aren't that many characters or suspects. Right away you will be able to narrow it down to two. Then, after the killer is revealed the book continues on for pages and pages which grew so dull I skimmed them. Also, the romance stuff between the two detectives didn't interest me at all and seemed kind of juvenile. I could have done without that. By the end of the book I was just glad it was over. Won't read another one. It does have fairly strong female characters though, so I just wish the story itself had more twists and was better developed.
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