A Song For The Dying
HarperCollins, Jan 16 2014, $24.95
Once a Scottish Detective Inspector who worked a serial killer case that included his late daughter as a victim (see Birthdays for the Dead) Ash Henderson went to prison when Irish felon Maeve Kerrigan successfully framed him for a murder. Eight years behind bars with two goals keeping him going: avenging what Kerrigan did to him and finishing the Inside Man serial killer case investigation though the latter went dormant after Ash went to prison.
When a nurse was found murdered with the Inside Man’s brand of a doll buried in the body, Ash’s former partner psychologist Dr. Alice McDonald obtains his release with electronic conditions to work the inquiry with her. The best chance to catch the psychopath is a survivor, who just gave birth. Ash thinks first the predator and then the personal.
The second dark twisting Henderson police procedural is an exciting gritty thriller starring an angry rebel with a cause. Fast-paced and filled with Stuart McBride’s trademark gore, fans will cheer on the antihero though McDonald comes across as a recalcitrant child rather than an expert forensic psychologist.