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- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publisher: Scott and Lawson; 1 edition (October 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O55H2NY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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leasant. She governs, not with respect and leadership, but with insults and threats. Her officers don't follow her orders out of respect for their officer, or because she is an inspiring, successful leader. They do it because they are afraid that, as someone who always calls them "Stupid gits" or "Useless idiots", McKenzie will fire them, and for no good reason. She mellows somewhat throughout the book, but it becomes painfully clear is that she hasn't a clue what she's doing and no talent for the job. Half the book, and her investigation into a series of murders, murders that are clearly the actions of a serial killer, involve her choice to treat each murder as an unrelated one-off. Spending important days looking into one of the murdered's husband. Another dead woman's business partner. Another dead woman's top secret research job. NONE of which has a THING to do with the KILLINGS, as readers will know all along. The time wasted by McKenzie is boring, frustrating, and is merely was red time, time spent dissecting red herrings. This, of course, permits the serial killer to continue serial killing, unabated. Plus, any forward motion in the case happens via questions or ideas suggested by McKenzie, but by her smarter, more talented and hard-working "Stupid gits". Her inability to discover what links the EIGHT murders would be laughable were it not for the continuing, disconcerning carnage. When a connection FINALLY MADE, it is not via a deduction of her own mind, but is DELIVERED TO HER by witnesses who JUST SHOW UP AT THE POLICE STATION, asking to speak only to her. Initially, even these obvious true and essential pieces of the puzzle, which offer clear motivations for the KILLINGS, and even precisely where the killer is hiding out, don't strike McKenzie as vaguely important. When FINALLY she, AFTER EIGHT MURDERS, decides to act yet ANOTHER DEAD-ON TIP BROUGHT DIRECTLY TO HER AT THE STATION BY AN OUTSIDE WITNESS, he killer is essentially done with their killing spree. BUT, IS planning one more big attack. Again, not something reasoned-out by McKenzie, but something the Killer simply (and ODDLY), TELLS HER. There is zero effective police work done by McKenzie over the course of the entire book/investigation. I would even consider her lack of insight, ideas, intuition, or deductive-reasoning to be RESPONSIBLE for a number of the killings. She HINDERS the investigation, allowing the killer to kill EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL they intended to kill! It is very difficult to get involved in a crime procedural when the CI is clearly both abrasive and incompetent.
I recommend, for a completely opposite experience, L.M Krier's "DCI Ted Darling series". Five incredibly clever and incredibly entertaining and suspenseful crime novels, with a COMPLETELY unique DCI, one who rules through mutual respect, and whose many talents include a true brilliance as applied to criminal behavior, and a unique and always believable set of insights and instincts.
Ms. Jones may grow as a writer and as the creator of central characters we respect, care about and delight in following. But, for now, she has quite a way to go.
The style of writing is not my favorite - one simple declarative sentence after another, repeated over and over and over. That staccato style of writing gets a bit old & tiresome. Also, the text is littered with every cliche you've ever heard. I would advise the author to beware of this shortcoming and to avoid it like the plague - pardon my cliche!! It's a relatively minor point, but the misuse and overuse of commas is positively laughable! After reading this book where commas are sprinkled liberally on every page, I will never complain again about the well known, successful authors in this genre whose novels are punctuated as if each comma costs $10,000!
The murder of a young woman is just the beginning of a series of murders. Clues are nonexistent as the body count rapidly rises.
The story goes back and forth between the police investigation, the killer's past and the killer's current actions.
I'm not sure that I liked the main characters or that the way the investigation proceeded. There is also a possible romance ahead for DI Shona in future books. But she can't be too bad --- she has a cat !