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The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) Hardcover – May 22, 2012

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Book 2 of 6 in the Maeve Kerrigan Series

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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


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)

Astute, complex, layered--and very twisted. You'll remember this one for a long time. (Lee Child on The Burning)

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) on The Burning)

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 on The Burning)

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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: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nitty's Mom TOP 500 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 Rich Stoehr on June 4, 2012
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One definition of the word "reckoning" is "the settling of accounts," and while that fits with Jane Casey's novel of the same title, there's some pretty deeply unsettling things to be found in these pages.

The opening description sets the tone perfectly, describing a video clip of an unconscious, half-naked girl in the back of a van. What she says when she stirs awake may be the most disturbing thing in the whole description, and the story that spins out keeps the shocks coming. What starts out as a kidnapping and abuse case gets a lot more complicated about halfway through, thanks to a very smart twist that I didn't see coming at all.

'The Reckoning' comes to us through the eyes of Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, familiar to readers of Jane Casey's previous novel, 'The Burning.' She's mostly recovered from the events of that book, and moved on both professionally and personally. Characters from the previous story join up with new officers and a new partner for Maeve, the wonderfully abrasive DI Josh Derwent. There's something very real about the relationships that form and the way the officers work together, and I found myself thoroughly enthralled as the story progressed.

Though both story and characters are well-crafted here, 'The Reckoning' shares the same weakness of 'The Burning.' The vast majority of the story of told from the perspective of Maeve Kerrigan, but there's a rough shift to her former partner near the end of the book. It definitely furthers the story, but it's handled inelegantly and feels not-quite-natural at that point in the story. For a story that clips along so well up until then, I would have liked to see this element handled with the same grace.
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