I really enjoyed this book - read it in one sitting on a rainy Sunday afternoon. This is a sound crime story / police procedural following two story lines that kept me entertained to the end. The lead characters are great, and I look forward to following their adventures in the next two books. This author has a short, sharp and yet descriptive writing style that kept the plot moving along. Whilst slightly more expensive than I would normally pay for a crime book via Amazon, it was worth the price and I'll be downloading this authors other books.
Note: The editing is a bit off in a few parts however, it's a bit disconcerting when the story changes from 1st to 3rd party mid paragraph, as it did approx 4 times throughout the book.
When local cop Sean Devereaux, who enjoys skating close to the edge, does a favour for his attractive neighbour, he unwittingly exposes a web of deceit and corruption. When local cop Sean Devereaux, who enjoys skating close to the edge, does a favour for his attractive neighbour, he unwittingly exposes a web of deceit and corruption. As he investigates the murder of a 16-year-old Epsom 'princess' in his day job, his after-hours efforts have him stumbling into the aftermath of a scam involving senior colleagues, and he is soon enmeshed in an escalating cycle of kidnapping, murder and violent mayhem. With his unconventional ex-colleague-turned-security-specialist John Hale, Devereaux slowly begins to unravel the truth as the body count climbs and the stakes become personal. As an outwardly terse, street-savvy operator, Sean Devereaux emerges as an engaging and irreverent hero, becoming the catalyst for an absorbing, strangely uneasy murder mystery, set in unnervingly familiar surroundings. A superb blend of international standard crime-writing with a strong local ambience that lures you in and delivers a strong and emotionally satisfying read. Ben Sanders, who lives on Auckland's North Shore, has been a keen writer since his early teens. His sophisticated and edgy style signals the emergence of a major new writing talent.
About the Author
Ben Sanders has been a keen writer since his early teens and his debut novel, THE FALLEN, was published to high acclaim in 2010. His second novel, BY ANY MEANS, published in 2011 also received excellent reviews and spent a number of weeks in New Zealand's top 10. ONLY THE DEAD is his third novel.