Series: DI Sterling #4
Publisher: Headline Accent Press
Publication Date: February 13, 2020
Source: Kindle Bought
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-Boiled Mysteries, Police Procedurals
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Can two wrongs ever make a right?
A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked.
It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they're released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak.
A councillor is accused of fraud.
Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he's publicly accused of stealing the youth centre's funds - an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself?
Two cases. One deadly answer.
As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers. And, when torture escalates to murder, he suddenly finds himself in a race against time to find the killer and put an end to the depravity - once and for all.
This is the fourth book in the DI Sterling series and what another cracker it was. Lorraine Mace quickly became one of my favourite authors from Book One – Retriever of Souls. As with all her books in this series, it can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you start from the beginning. The whole series is just too good not to miss.
The opening of this book was an absolute corker. Wow, just wow is all I can say.
This story begins with a plaque that has been vandalised with lipstick in the newly opened youth centre. The lipstick spells out that Montague Mason has been fleecing funds from the finances at the youth centre.
Then a man is found in a comatose state and severely attacked by the side of a canal after a doctor calls the police after working out there seems to be a pattern of men being so severely assaulted. This starts off as an epic disgustingly shocking assault on men but soon turns into a horrific murder investigation. I was slightly horrified by what the murderer subjected their victims too.
DI Sterling and his team now have two investigations to solve. But are they connected?
Honestly, this had me fucking gripped and absolutely didn’t let off at all. It was all manners of dark, shocking, terrifying and gritty.
Like I am kinda speechless it was exceptionally graphic, and I especially loved the chapters where the killer is telling their story, It was addictive and fascinating. I love when you can really get inside the murderers head.
DI Sterling and his team are all tremendous characters individually and as a team.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Reading 2020