...well, yes, I can definitely see the mind of the man who wrote halfhead
at work here. (He thanks his first agent for being the one "who suggested I stop writing all that SF rubbish and try a serial killer novel instead." Now I'm wondering what else he wrote, besides halfhead
Kind of surprised to find out that McRae's encounter with Angus Robertson predates
the first book. I was coming to this vaguely sorry that I already knew the resolution of the first story, and am pleased that this is not the case.
Alright. The cover blurb is "Riveting and gruesome"; it is definitely the latter, and I had real trouble putting it down (as evinced by the fact I went through 600 pages in two days). Fast, enjoyable (I mean, presuming that fictional horrible crimes are something you read about for enjoyment), decent and varied cast of characters that I am planning to catch up on. Satisfying without being simplistic or
muddled, which is a neat trick and a harder balance to hit than you might expect.
Avoiding spoilers; recommended to anyone who thinks, based on the summary, that they would enjoy this kind of thing.