Tuesday, 19 April 2016

With Deadly Intent, by KA Richardson - a review

When Crime Scene Manager, Cass Hunt, is called to a fatal road traffic
collision in the dead of night, not all is as it seems and the last
thing she expects is to end up working on a murder case with DCI
Alex McKay.

More gruesome murders, a dead dog, and a startling revelation has the
whole of the North East Police force reeling. Will they catch him before
his latest prize becomes another victim and he fades into the
shadows once more?

From the tree-line, someone is watching, and he doesn’t like where
the investigation leads. Taking his time, he plans and executes each
kill. He will not rest until his job is complete.
One thing’s for certain, his intent is deadly, he’s dangerous, and he’s
coming for her.

To be honest, I don't read too many Police Procedural novels. It's not that I don't enjoy them, because I do. It's just my reading tends to concern the more troubled members of society, you might say. 

With Deadly Intent is most definitely a Police Procedural, but one with a difference. The main character, Cass Hunt, is not a grizzly detective with a broken marriage and a drink problem. She is a CSM - Crime Scene Manager - the person responsible, literally, for managing the crime scene. More of a CSI than a detective. There is much in the book involving the modern processes of what happens when a crime is committed. One of the real strengths of the book is how the author brings the reader into a modern police station, and allows them to see the stresses and the tensions the modern police force is having to work under. There is even a subplot within which the government cuts fall heavy on Cass Hunt's own team.

With Deadly Intent is a very modern Police Procedural. And that makes a very welcome change. 

The book itself is incredibly readable, and the plot trips along at a good pace. So readable is the book, I finished it in just over a couple of days. Though very readable, I could never be complacent. This book is no Sunday evening telly experience. You see, even though there is a very strong love interest storyline that runs throughout the book, it is juxtaposed with some horrific murders. It would have been so easy for the author to have written a 'cosy' story here. But she doesn't. She does not shirk one inch from showing the sort of things the modern police force has to endure. The murder scenes are written as seen - in all their horror and madness. And I love this adherence to what is

As the plot reaches it's inevitable climax, the two contrasting elements of the book - the light and the dark - collide, neither one giving an inch.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

With Deadly Intent is available from Amazon UK here and Amazon US here

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