Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Reckoning by Jane Casey
Early in 2014, I received an egalley from NetGalley of The Burning by Jane Casey. It was an excellent police procedural, the first in a series featuring Maeve Kerrigan.
The Reckoning is the second book in the series. This time, Maeve is partnered with the brash (and completely politically incorrect) detective Josh Derwent. The case they are investigating involves the gruesome murders of three sex offenders, and Derwent does all he can to make things uncomfortable for Maeve.
The characters are well-drawn and the plot has tension and twists in regard to both the murders and the characters. Maeve must not only put up with the offensive Derwent, but also with the attitudes of some of the other men in her department.
When the team manages to interrupt the torture of the latest victim, it turns out that an influential crime boss has been targeting the men because he believes his fourteen-year-old daughter has been abducted by a pedophile who groomed her online.
Gritty, but compelling, the novel has a romantic angle. Maeve and another detective have tried to keep their relationship under the radar, but their affair is revealed in a way that is a threat to more than the careers of the two.
The Reckoning is intense and difficult to put down.
Crime/Police Procedural. 2012. 382 pages.