As compelling as her previous novels, I was unable to put After the Fire down and finished it the day I started it. It is easy to get caught up in Casey's plots and characters.
Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent (somewhat to their surprise) are once again partnered by their superior officer and sent to the scene of a fire in which one of the bodies may have political repercussions.
There were three fatalities in the fire that ravaged the 11th floor of a London tower block, but more secrets are involved than just those concerning the individuals who didn't survive.
While one of the fatalities was high profile and mysteriously out of place, two other unidentified victims were locked in a flat, unable to escape. Among the survivors: a young mother suffering injuries from an attack, an elderly woman who may have information she doesn't consider important, a seven-year-old whose burns are horrifically severe, and a young boy who can't find his mother.
Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent (somewhat to their surprise) are once again partnered by their superior officer. Once the fire is determined to have been arson, the police begin investigating whether or not one of the victims was specifically targeted. While their boss favors one theory, Derwent has another one that he wants to pursue, and both theories have some twists. But those two theories are not the only ones that might have an impact on the investigation.
In addition to the arson case, Maeve is still being stalked by Chris Swain.
My only regret is that I missed book 5, and without realizing it, went ahead and read After the Fire. To make up for my carelessness, I now have The Kill (#5 in the series) heading this way.
NetGalley/Random House UK
Police Procedural/Crime. June 18, 2015. Print version: 464 pages.