Review published on December 15, 2016.
We have a new hero in Ranger John Quarrie. One of a kind, he is following in his father’s footsteps as a ranger and he has a very strong sense of right and wrong – even if it means telling the police they have a murder on their hands rather than a suicide. But can he prove it?
Isaac has just returned from his final tour of duty in Vietnam to find his father dead/murdered and his twin brother Ishmael escaped from an asylum for the criminally insane following a fire. John sets out to help his fellow veteran find his brother and, at the same time, discover whether the various other violent murders that have taken place in the area can possibly be linked.
Quarrie also has an interesting personal story as he is a widower with a young son, which I think makes this book interesting to both men and women. I found the characters to be very real and John is extremely likeable.
We are told this is the first of a “masterful new crime series”. I certainly hope this is so, since I would like to learn more about John Quarrie himself as well as reading about other crimes he will no doubt solve.
Val James 4/4
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Faber & Faber 9780571323791 pbk Oct 2016
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