The In­tru­sions BY STAV SHEREZ

BY STAV SHEREZ FABER & FABER OUT NOW

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By JAKE KER­RIDGE

tav Sherez’s DI Jack Car­ri­gan is one of those fic­tional cops so dogged by bad luck that one imag­ines them fol­lowed around by their own per­sonal black rain­clouds, like Calamity James in The Beano. In this third out­ing (it fol­lows A Dark Re­demp­tion and Eleven Days) for Car­ri­gan and his spunky side­kick DS Geneva Miller, the de­tec­tive’s en­e­mies are en­gaged in a devious cam­paign to get him chucked off the force, he’s hav­ing to work along­side his dead wife’s ex-lover, and his mother is dy­ing in hospi­tal. As al­ways, Sherez laces his thrills and spills with a hefty dose of on­to­log­i­cal re­flec­tion: “In the room there was just him and his mother and the cir­cling ar­ray of ma­chines that did what once only God and prayers could.” Sherez re­ally is a unique writer. To say he is thought-pro­vok­ing hardly does jus­tice to the way his ru­mi­na­tions on the world and his use of lan­guage set the reader’s brain rac­ing. He is one of the best Lon­don crime writ­ers, fas­ci­nat­ing on the way the cap­i­tal city has “split into dis­crete frag­ments, a Balka­ni­sa­tion in minia­ture.” But his books are ex­cit­ing too, and as dark as self-pro­claimed “au­then­tic” crime fic­tion so often as­pires to be and very rarely is.

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