When the Metropolitan Police fail to realise a serial killer is at work, London ignites over the fact that the killer's victims are young black and mixed race boys. Institutionalised racism is claimed by the community's activists and tabloids alike.
Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley is given the case, and his Scotland Yard task force is soon handling more killings and a looming tragedy.
Elizabeth George brings to the familiar subject of the serial killer a freshness and clarity of vision that provide illuminating insight into the psychological complexity of the tortured criminal mind. She does so within a richly textured, thrillingly suspenseful narrative that defies any reader to predict its outcome. Nor does she neglect our favourite characters, whose private lives provide an engrossing counterpoint to their professional duties.
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Great Story, very well narrated, loved it
I had the print version available when I was listening to the audio edition. When I read, rather than listened I could hear Diana's voice giving expression and intonation to the characters. Her reading of the book enhanced the experience. I enjoyed her beautiful pronunciation of some of the words that were unfamiliar to me.
The characterisation of Kimmo was a great start to the novel. Engagement with this character created interest in the police procedure that followed.
It is very difficult to choose one, there were many. So as not to spoil later compelling scenes I would choose the scene where Barbara Havers takes Hadiyyah to the market.
Lynley's responses late in the book.