After The Fire
Maeve Kerrigan #6
St. Martin’s Press
London police detective Maeve Kerrigan has spent plenty of time at Murchison House. One of the many cement high-rise towers comprising the Maudling Estate housing project, Murchison House is home to a motley mix of society. From domestic abuse victims and elderly widows with nowhere else to turn to its flourishing criminal elements, Maeve is familiar with many of its occupants by name or reputation.
But when a fire breaks out at Murchison House that consumes the top floors and leaves three dead, Maeve and her colleagues are startled to learn the identity of one of the victims. Geoff Armstrong was a wealthy, notoriously right-wing London politician—the last person they’d expect to find in a place like the Maudling Estate. And things get even murkier when evidence surfaces indicating Armstrong was murdered before the fire broke out. Was his death connected to the fire? To the other deaths at Murchison House? And what was he doing there in the first place? What Maeve begins to uncover will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her very life in danger.
Jane Casey’s next riveting mystery featuring beloved detective Maeve Kerrigan will keep readers turning the pages from the opening scene to the stunning conclusion.
Fast paced, full of action, social commentary and intrigue with a powerful yet sad ending, this book left me wanting more!
The various characters that live in The Towers come alive in this book and I could not help associating these elements /characters with the TV series, The Bill. There was something about the grim, bleak, lonely, life defeated attitudes teamed with the criminal elements in this setting that just screamed life on the “Estates” of The Bill, and this is not a negative memory or association – I loved The Bill. Funny the associations the mind makes.
Jane Casey manages to weave some very important social commentary into this complex plot; issue regarding ageing and community support, domestic violence, cyber stalking/stalking and bullying, identity and transgender discussions to name just a few. I found the domestic violence commentary particularly potent and realistic – the blame the victim mentality is not just an element of this complex narrative – it accurately reflects some aspects of domestic violence in society today.
In this vital and pulse raising episode of the Maeve Kerrigan story we discover character flaws that make Maeve a very vulnerable and interesting main character. Maeve is pushed to the limits of her endurance, physically and emotionally. There is a darkness to her soul – and would we blame her for crossing that delicate line between justice and revenge? You will need to read this yourself and decide.