Cold Killing

  • by Luke Delaney
  • Narrated by Steve West
  • 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. An unthinkable childhood left him with a fierce determination to protect the innocent. But it also marked him with an ability to identify the darkness in others - a darkness he recognizes still exists deep within himself.
When a young man is found brutally murdered, Corrigan, responsible for South London's Murder Investigation Team, takes the case. But what first appears to be a straightforward domestic murder very quickly leads Corrigan to several other victims and the most dangerous killer he's ever encountered.
The perpetrator changes his modus operandi with each crime and leaves behind not a shred of usable forensic evidence. Still, Corrigan knows beyond a doubt that the same man is behind each of these deaths, and he soon finds himself in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer who strikes far too close to home.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Are you kidding me?!

The writing is actually quite good in this debut. I'm not a fan of murder mysteries that spend an inordinate amount of time in serial killers heads but I could have forgiven that. What I can't forgive is advancing the plot by having the detective make "intuitive leaps" based on nothing. If I hadn't been listening to this on my iPod, I would have thrown it against the wall.
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- Julie Campbell

ugh - corrupt non-rational police

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Too many things are wrong with this book and they would all have to be changed:
- policeman protagonist uses "intuition" to identify the killer.
- police plant evidence in order to aid conviction - this makes the case absurd "We follow the evidence" they say, but in fact they do not
- evidence requirements seem to range from non-existent to ridiculously stringent

Has Cold Killing turned you off from other books in this genre?


What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I kept listening - I probably would have tossed the book down if I was reading it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The general plot and the twist were interesting. They were just not enough to outweigh the absurd bits.

Any additional comments?

If cops identify suspects by imagination then they aren't using evidence. This undercuts the whole procedural story and makes it boring.

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- Katherine M. Hosch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio