When local cop Sean Devereaux, who enjoys skating close to the edge, does a favour for his attractive neighbour, he unwittingly exposes a web of deceit and corruption. When local cop Sean Devereaux, who enjoys skating close to the edge, does a favour for his attractive neighbour, he unwittingly exposes a web of deceit and corruption. As he investigates the murder of a 16-year-old Epsom 'princess' in his day job, his after-hours efforts have him stumbling into the aftermath of a scam involving senior colleagues, and he is soon enmeshed in an escalating cycle of kidnapping, murder and violent mayhem. With his unconventional ex-colleague-turned-security-specialist John Hale, Devereaux slowly begins to unravel the truth as the body count climbs and the stakes become personal. As an outwardly terse, street-savvy operator, Sean Devereaux emerges as an engaging and irreverent hero, becoming the catalyst for an absorbing, strangely uneasy murder mystery, set in unnervingly familiar surroundings. A superb blend of international standard crime-writing with a strong local ambience that lures you in and delivers a strong and emotionally satisfying read. Ben Sanders, who lives on Auckland's North Shore, has been a keen writer since his early teens. His sophisticated and edgy style signals the emergence of a major new writing talent.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When Auckland police detective Sean Devereaux agrees to babysit his neighbour’s son, Michael, while she goes on a much-needed vacation, he takes on much more than he bargained for. With his bone-dry sense of humour and passion for music, Devereaux is a sympathetic anti-hero, and his friendship with John Hale—a former cop who plays board games with Michael while Sean works—offers some brightness in this dark, harrowing tale. Set in Auckland, The Fallen establishes author Ben Sanders as a rising star of crime fiction with a gift for building nail-biting tension and creating authentic, flawed characters.
A good nz crime novel - a rare find. I was delighted to find this book was well written and compelling to read. I will be reading more books by this author.