The Intrusions BY STAV SHEREZ
BY STAV SHEREZ FABER & FABER OUT NOW
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.