Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Toy Taker - Luke Delaney

The Toy Taker
Luke Delaney
Harper, Jul 28 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780062219503

In London an unwanted visitor stealthily enters homes and abducts small children.  None of the victim’s family hear any noises or are there any signs of a stranger breaking into their abode.  The latest kidnapped child is four years old George Bridgeman who if not rescued soon will be dead.

With immense pressure on New Scotland Yard, the brass reassigns Detective Investigator Sean Corrigan and his team to the Special Investigation Unit with one case: end this ghost’s reign of terror.  Still somewhat recovering from his last harrowing inquiry (see The Keeper), Corrigan hates the armchair detectives watching and criticizing every move he and his subordinates make.  Adding to his trepidations of failure, Corrigan fears he lost his talent to get inside the head of a psychopath though he desperately tries before the next snatch occurs.

The third awesome DI Sean Corrigan British police procedural (see Cold Killing) is a tense whodunit as the adept (at abduction) adversary proves a worthy antagonist for the hero and his subordinates.  The cast (especially family members and the desk jockey top management) adds layers to this electrifying thriller; but this cat and mouse mystery belongs to the title character and the DI pursuing him or her.

Harriet Klausner

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