by Karen Campbell (Hodder & Stoughton £16.99)
IN her third novel featuring the formidable Anna Cameron – an in-yer-face, no nonsense Glaswegian policewoman – Karen Campbell doesn’t so much lead you gently into this hard-hitting crime thriller as leave you reeling from a literary punch to the midriff. Early on you may wonder if this challenging character is going to take you someplace you want to go, but fear not, both Cameron and the story start to find their feet very quickly as we follow the first traumatic weeks of a new job, in a new division, where our heroine suddenly finds herself at the centre of the murder of a young Asian boy, the disappearance of an old woman and an assault against one of her officers. Not only that, but Cameron’s new boss, the fearsome “JC” Hamilton seems to think more of her pet ferrets than she does of her new Chief Inspector. Throw in a sick mother and a growing attraction to a suspect, and all the ingredients are in place for a breakneck journey through the private and professional life of a decidedly gritty woman who you might not want to invite over for dinner, but you sure do want to follow through the pages of this gritty Scottish novel. And if you’re like me, you might find yourself searching for more of the same!
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