This physiological detective story is a real thriller indeed. Detective Carson Ryder is confronting his worst nightmare – a random serial killer without any pattern to the victims, the motives, the weapons or method. Little does Ryder know it is he who is being punished, as the killer’s chosen representative for the ‘Blue Tribe’: the Mobile, Alabama Police Department. From the enduring physiological trauma caused through the tragedies of the Romanian orphanages through 100 ways to kill a cat (or a human), the story keeps you gripped right the way through with an unexpected and horrifying twist right at the end.
Thankfully, the darkness of the killer is tempered by a well portrayed detective and a surprising number of interested ladies set in what seems to be a wonderful location. But Ryder is still the department’s maverick and despite his lauded achievements with PSIT, the Psychopathological and Sociopathological Investigative Team, his card is still marked by his boss. Ryder, however, doesn’t give up easily and he is soon following lead after unrelated lead to try to find a clue to the killer’s identity.
Don’t read this late at night but do enjoy this well crafted detective novel, its certainly one for keeping on the shelf rather than consigning to the spare room.