I’m delighted to be part of author Luke Delaney’s Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tour for his debut novel, COLD KILLING.
As part of the tour, I’ll tell you my thoughts on the book, give a brief bio of the author, tell you how you can win a copy of this tantalizing thriller, and share an excerpt from the book to see if it entices you as it did me.
COLD KILLING by Luke Delaney
With the opening, Delaney reels you in causing you to speculate about the first character introduced. Then he leads you directly into a crime scene where you’re hooked wanting all the pieces of the puzzle at once.
With an unthinkable childhood driving him, Sean Corrigan turned his demons toward good becoming a detective inspector. With a fierce determination to protect the innocent, Corrigan is also able to identify the darkness in others. He understands it because it’s something that lies deep within himself.
Corrigan, responsible for South London’s Murder Investigation Team, catches an unusual case when a young man is found brutally murdered in his flat. At first glance it appears to be a domestic murder, but Corrigan soon finds other victims and a ruthless serial killer unlike any he has ever faced. The cunning killer changes his MO with each crime and never leaves the slightest trace of forensic evidence. But Corrigan has no doubt it’s the same killer and he quickly finds himself in a lethal game of cat and mouse.
COLD KILLING is an edge-of-your-seat read with the narrative switching between Corrigan and the killer. Readers are given glimpses of their personal lives to balance out this thriller.
Delaney has created well-developed, realistic characters that stay with you long after the last paragraph. He’s given them strength and weaknesses that readers can relate to. He shows police work at its best, along with the flaws and transgressions officers sometimes make. Delaney explores the forensic aspects of a crime and how the elements help and hinder an investigation.
Delaney’s years of experience as a police officer shine through in his eye for details for procedures, settings and characters interaction. His vivid descriptions of South London and the area, gives readers the feel they are there.
The story moves at a steady and smooth pace drawing the reader deeper into the minds of the killer and cop. The twists along the way will keep you guessing. The story is captivating, the characters mesmerizing.
The ending was not what I was expecting, but fit perfectly. Delaney provides a touch of closure, but leaves readers anticipating what lies ahead for Corrigan and others. Get ready to lose track of time when you turn the first page of COLD KILLING. This is a gripping thriller and a great start for a fascinating new series.
Cold Killing by Luke Delaney, Book 1 in the D.I. Sean Corrigan Series, HarperCollins, @2013, ISBN: 978-0062219466, Paperback, 448 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of the author’s virtual book tour. A copy of the book was sent to me by the tour promoter in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Luke Delaney joined the Metropolitan Police Service in the late 1980s and his first posting was to an inner city area of South East London notorious for high levels of crime and extreme violence. He later joined CID where he investigated murders ranging from those committed by fledgling serial killers to gangland assassinations.
To enter this giveaway, send me an e-mail (email@example.com) with the subject line, “Win Cold Killing.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher/promoter nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of COLD KILLING is 8 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, June 2.
Thank you for stopping by today and visiting. Have you read many thrillers set in London lately? Does the difference in the terminology bother your reading?
Now here’s a little something to see if you are as captivated by the plot as I was. Happy reading!