Detective Maeve Kerrigan is away for a colleague's wedding, and she's enjoying an excuse to spend a beautiful fall weekend relaxing in the English countryside. It's a much-needed break from the grit and grime of her daily life on the London police force. But even at a wedding, the job is never far away.
Midway through the reception, Maeve and her abrasive but loyal partner on the police force, DI Josh Derwent, are called back to London. A fellow policeman has been murdered, in a compromising position in a public park at night. And when Maeve and Derwent arrive to speak with the victim's family, his wife and daughter are surprisingly cold and reticent, which adds further layers of complexity to an already delicate investigation. And Maeve knows the victim and his family aren't the only ones with things to hide: the dark secret that her boss, Superintendent Godley, has been keeping for years is threatening to blow up in his face, and if that happens, they'll all be caught in the aftermath.
Pulled between her loyalties to Godley, Derwent, the victim of a murder, and her own driving sense of right and wrong, Maeve will be forced to decide how much she's willing to risk in the name of justice in The Kill, Jane Casey's most intimate, compelling novel yet.
A series of brazen cop killings in London kick-starts Casey's well-paced fifth mystery featuring Det. Constable Maeve Kerrigan (after 2014's The Stranger You Know). Kerrigan and her abrasive yet oddly loyal partner, Det. Insp. Josh Derwent, worry that the murders may be retaliation for the recent death of an unarmed teen at police hands, and a distrustful public makes for a difficult investigation. In addition, Kerrigan's boss, Supt. Charles Godley, seems to be buckling under the pressure of a terrible secret that only Kerrigan is privy to, but she has no idea how to help him. Kerrigan handles the daily tests of being a woman in a man's world with aplomb, but this case pushes her to the limit, both professionally and personally, as she strives to find a common thread among the victims. Intricate plotting and psychologically astute characters are a plus. A diabolically clever twist will leave readers agape.
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Not her best
I generally like the Maeve Kerrigan mysteries but this one didn't have the usual suspense, twists & turns. It was on ok read, but, I was pretty far into the book before it really held my attention.