From the creator of the hit BBC drama Silent Witness, comes the gripping second instalment in the acclaimed Mark Lapslie series, sees the DCI come under attack from all sides. Perfect for fans of M.J. Arlidge and Angela Marsons.
By now he had knifed, strangled, blown up, drowned, bludgeoned and tortured ten people. Ten people that he had never even met, and had no knowledge of...
Carl Whittley is seemingly a murderer without a motive. He's just tortured a beautiful, young TV presenter to death and now he's planning to blow an anonymous commuter to pieces. Who will be next? What is the motive behind the attacks? And how will he strike?
DCI Mark Lapslie needs something to do. He suffers from a rare neurological condition that has forced him to leave his family and avoid the police station. For his superiors, he is nothing but a nuisance to be avoided - and the spate of unconnected murders is just what they need to send him into retirement.
Carl wants every death to be different. More violent, bizarre and shocking. But as Lapslie gets on the scent and the force brings in a profiler, Carl makes a new plan. He hasn't killed a policeman yet . . .
Discover the other books in the DCI Mark Lapslie series: Core of Evil, Scream, Thirteenth Coffin and Flesh and Blood.
At the start of British author McCrery's middling mystery thriller, the sequel to Still Waters (2008), Det. Chief Insp. Mark Lapslie has been reduced to working at home. Lapslie suffers from synesthesia, a neurological disorder that causes him to hear tastes. Then he receives a high-profile assignment investigating the torture murder of TV newscaster Catherine Charnaud. Det. Sgt. Emma Bradbury, Lapslie's former partner, gives him a pair of headphones to block out noise at the crime scene, the victim's house in Essex, where Charnaud's body was found with its left arm completely stripped of flesh. Meanwhile, a disturbed young man, whose mother happens to be a criminal profiler, sets off homemade bombs to kill small animals. Aided by Bradbury, Lapslie perseveres in spite of sensory overload as more murders follow. While the detective's unusual disability lends interest, clich d plot developments and an overly pat resolution disappoint.