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Product Details

  • Series: Maeve Kerrigan Novels (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312622007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312622008
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three men are found murdered and mutilated in close succession, each tortured in an individual manner, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg here. The victims evoke less sympathy when all three are found to be pedophiles, making the killer seem nearly righteous in his motive. London DC Maeve Kerrigan, of the murder task force, chafing under the direction of brusque and opinionated DI Josh Derwent, saves the life of the fourth intended victim, which leads to an all-out search for a missing teenage girl. This turns into something bigger, with true psychopaths at its core and a spy within the task force. Meanwhile, perceptive but commitment-shy Maeve must deal with being a woman in a world of less-than-sensitive men and handle a romantic relationship with a fellow team member. In sharp and supple prose, Casey illustrates both the nitty-gritty work and the keen instincts that solve crimes in this police procedural with a feminist bent, a worthy sequel to the well-received The Burning (2011). --Michele Leber

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The Reckoning

“Casey has succeeded in writing another impossible-to-put-down thriller with surprising plot twists and well-developed, intriguing characters. Readers will want to know what happens to Kerrigan next!”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Genuinely suspenseful and extremely well written with just a touch of The Internet Is Going to Kill You, The Reckoning will keep readers turning pages long into the night and pushing the book on friends the next day.”
RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick)

“In sharp and supple prose, Casey illustrates both the nitty-gritty work and the keen instincts that solve crimes in this police procedural with a feminist bent, a worthy sequel to the well-received The Burning.”
Booklist

“A neatly drawn study of male-female working relationships, commitment phobia and the grimier aspects of police work.”
Kirkus

“An enticing mix of police work, romance, evildoers, sex, and sexism. . .Casey surrounds Kerrigan, an appealing blend of confidence and self-doubt, with a large cast of well-drawn characters, including Godley and Skinner. Admirers of Elizabeth George’s ensemble police mysteries will find a lot to like.”
—Publishers Weekly

"Compelling. . .Casey's writing is assured and the story deftly drawn."
Irish Echo

“A satisfyingly tension-filled, page-rifling read that comes with the added bonus of beautifully realized characters and elegant prose. [Casey] moves effortlessly into the pantheon of top Irish female crime writers, a list that includes Tana French, Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt and Niamh O'Connor.”
The Irish Independent

The Burning

"Astute, complex, layered—and very twisted.  You'll remember this one for a long time."
—Lee Child

“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 (starred review)

“Casey rarely puts a foot wrong in this enthralling example of a bait-and-switch novel. . .Parallel first-person narratives from either side of the thin blue line contribute hugely to the novel’s page-turning quality, although the author’s success here is largely due to her superb characterizations. . .The Burning confirms that she’s a talent to watch.”
—Irish Times


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Customer Reviews

Jane Casey is a detailed writer, making her characters seem very real and her story complex.
Julie Holmes
I enjoyed Jane Casey's The Burning, and was looking forward to The Reckoning, her latest in the DC Maeve Kerrigan series of police procedurals.
Z Hayes
The Reckoning was a fast read, has an engaging plot with twists and turns keeping the reader interested throughout.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nitty's Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
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Jane Casey's "The Burning" was a book I picked randomly on the Vine Program and it turned out to be a winner. I was pleased to have an opportunity to read her third book "The Reckoning" when it became available.

As you will quickly realize, the title is very appropriate to the theme of the novel. Most of the same characters are back in the London based investigative squad. Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is the first person narrator for most of the novel. She is smart, brash, quick witted and does not back down from the truth. That is the reason her boss, Superintendent Godley, chooses Maeve and maverick Detective Derwent, to head a team to investigate the torture and deaths of convicted pedophiles. As Maeve comes to realize their torture tends to fit the victims' crimes and their subsequent deaths has the mark of a professional. When the precocious 14 year old daughter of a dangerous mobster goes missing, Maeve, Derwent and Superintendent Godley realize that this may not be the work of a serial killer, but rather an act of vigilantism .

The "Reckoning" is grittier than Jane Casey's previous novel. While not gratuitous, there are crime scenes of torture, shoot-outs, and abuse against woman. To counter-balance, there is also more romance, as Maeve and her colleague Rob parlay back and forth on the idea of commitment and what it might mean to gun-shy Maeve. Even peripheral characters are written with depth and insight. Supt. Godley who appeared so faultless in "The Missing" shows us a darker side to his personality. A female detective, Liv, on the investigative squad becomes an ally for Maeve and Derwent is more perceptive than Maeve originally perceives. "The Reckoning" hinges on its taut plot, well developed characters and our desire to see where Maeve Kerrigan's career and self-discovery leads her next. I suggest reading "The Burning" first, however, it not a necessity. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By myotherself VINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
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I read my first novel by Jane Casey (The Burning) several months ago and was very impressed with her talent for creating realism in the day-to-day workings of a major metropolitan police force. That book made me know I wanted to read this newest novel when I had the chance. Sure enough, Casey upheld the high standard I had found in the other novel. This book is exciting, complex, filled with tension and characters who have rich, deep, personalities. Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is a very realistically portrayed female pursuing a career in a male dominated field. She not only has to maintain her composure in the midst of sexual bias, but also the prejudices against her Irish heritage. To say that she succeeds in every instance would not be true, but it is certainly realistic. She is not written to be made of steel, but to have a caring side to her nature which lends her a vulnerability that lets her be completely human and, in my opinion, a better police officer.

This particular story was something of a surprise for me because the direction and focus changed about mid-way through from one type of crime to another. And yet, did it really? As is true with most modern police procedural novels today there is quite a bit of description of gruesome crimes which are being investigated. The author does focus on that aspect of murder scenes so you would do well to be aware of that before you start reading here. There is a revenge aspect attached to the killing of known pedophiles and the killings are brutal. I found the information was presented with as much detail as was needed to convey the nature of the crime, but still some of it made me a little uneasy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sires on April 3, 2012
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Convicted sexual predators are dying. Their horrifically tortured bodies mark the path of a killer whose purpose is unknown. DC Maeve Kerrigan is assigned to the case with Detective Inspector Josh Derwent. She does not anticipate that the is going to enjoy this. The deaths are dreadful. The crimes that the victims have been convicted of are not the worst; and in at least one case it may be that the conviction was the result of moral panic rather than actual guilt. DI Derwent is a chauvinist of the worst kind. Oh, and her current relationship is not working out either.

This book may well end up selling a lot of copies. It has a big advertising campaign behind it and it's not hard to read. If I were trapped on a plane I wouldn't be displeased if this was the only book I had to pass the time with. Maeve is a likeable and dedicated copper. Most of the book is told from her first person POV. I was a bit puzzled near the end when the POV shifted to the first person point of view of another character. I could see why the author would want to be able to bring the reader into the scene where Maeve wasn't a participant, but I think it caused the last section of the book to be less compelling.

The twists and turns of the investigation for most of the book are engrossing and the author does have a gift for drawing characters.

However, I don't think that I am in the audience for this book-- or maybe I have just been reading some high class international mysteries lately (not Steig Larsson). It's sort of like being jerked out of a
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