Thursday, 12 February 2015

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Katie Maguire 4: Taken for Dead - Graham Masterton

Release Date: 12/02/15
Publisher:  Head of Zeus


It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing. Drunk uncles are toasting the bride. The Ceilidh band have played for hours. But the cutting of the cake will bring the wedding to a horrifying end. For there, grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier, is the severed head of the local baker. Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, does not have any leads - until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. The murders appear to link to The Kings of Erin, a terrifying gang of torturers and extortionists. But these are dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail...


Graham is one of those authors that seems to be able to turn his hand to any genre and whilst he’s mainly known for Horror, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying his crime titles from Head of Zeus. They’re full of life (and death) has a solid arc but for me the star of his work is the characterisation alongside the dialogue that feels realistic as it trips off the page into the readers imagination.

Throw into the mix some cracking sleight of hand and all round you’ll be a happy reader especially if you’re new to Graham’s work or are just looking for a series to sit back and enjoy after a hard day. Magic.

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