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Author: Luke Delaney

Published: 30 June 2016
Reviewed: 21 August 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by HarperCollins in return for an honest review

 

Description:

The new novel by Luke Delaney, ex-Met detective and author of the terrifyingly authentic DI Sean Corrigan series. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

Sergeant Jack King is back on active duty after months off following a violent encounter. On the Met’s promotional fast-track scheme, King is headed straight for the top, but policing the streets is where his heart truly lies.

Tasked with cleaning up the notorious Grove Wood estate, King is determined to rise to the challenge. But it’s not just drug dealers and petty thugs his team have to worry about. Someone on the estate is preying on children, and they need to find the culprit, fast.

Soon King finds himself over his head: the local residents won’t play ball, his superiors want results yesterday, and he’s refusing to admit that he’s suffering from PTSD. As the pressures combine, the line between right and wrong starts to blur and King finds himself in a downward spiral. Only he can save himself – but is it already too late?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Rule of Fear is a standalone novel about Jack King, a complete departure from the much loved Corrigan novels penned by the same author.  Being a fan of Stuart MacBride’s writing I was intrigued by the claim that this book would be perfect for his fans.

Jack King is an interesting character, returning to work perhaps earlier than he should leads him to make choices that are arguably controversial at times.  This theme is explored by the author by showing the protagonist navigating between what is right and wrong and how it’s not as black and white as many people see it.

The plot itself is superb, the pace begins slowly, pulling the reader in gently before it takes hold and drags you under the surface.  The subject matter may not be easy reading for some and I would urge caution if you are uncomfortable with the idea of children being targets for abusers.  The hard hitting style of writing works well for this novel, the subject matter never strays towards anything remotely comfortable and so to write accordingly takes skill which I believe the author has done here.

This was not an easy book to read, there are definitely aspects of it that cause deep disturbance and discomfort.  The detail and care that went in to writing about the PTSD suffered in this book shows, meaning the impression it left me with was how utterly uncompromising and so powerful it is.  I would definitely say this is a book that makes the reader stop and sit back to think about what goes on in the world, how unpredictable things can be, but most of all how it can all be taken apart in an instant.

Powerful, emotive, dark and dangerous – but not for everyone.

You can buy a copy of The Rule of Fear here.

 

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