Wednesday 25 March 2015

Review ~ The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney

D I Sean Corrigan #4
March 2015
Harper Collins Publishers

The Crime is treachery. The sentence is death.

When an appalling event shows up on a social media video channel depicting the horrific death of a captive live on line, it opens up a murder mystery which will test the capabilities of the police investigative team to the very limits of their expertise. Keeping one step ahead of a fanatic whose sole purpose is to bring justice to a seemingly random group of corporate people makes for compelling reading.

Creatively written with a fine eye for detail, this fourth book in the D. I. Sean Corrigan series of murder mysteries rolls along at a cracking pace. There is never a lull in the narrative and the murder mystery at the core of the novel is dangerous, and in this age of social media, frighteningly realistic. There is a voyeuristic quality to the narrative as you can’t help but be drawn into the story and watch in fascinated horror as the perpetrator, nicknamed The Jackdaw, sets out to wreak revenge of the most deadly variety.

There is always a danger when you come into an established series so far into it that it becomes impossible to understand how the series works, but the author succeeds in keeping continuity for those readers who have been with him since the beginning whilst at the same time drawing in new readers with just enough back story information for the established characters to make sense.

I really enjoyed The Jackdaw. It was great read, not because the book was light on content, far from it, but because once I started reading, I really couldn't put it down and needed to read in fascinated horror, to see just what The Jackdaw would do next.

 My thanks to Emily Edwards at Harper Collins for my copy of this book.


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