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A teenage boy is found murdered. He has been stabbed through the heart by a professional killer.
Detective Stephen Greco and his new team discover that the boy is an illegal immigrant. Then another youth from the same background is killed. The murder leads DCI Greco on a trail of people smuggling and exploitation.
DCI Greco must quickly get his new team to gel, but he is still recovering from a terrible personal tragedy, and his relationship with DS Grace Harper threatens to turn very unprofessional.
And why is arch-villain and drugs baron Vinny Costello involved? And what is the connection to a private clinic specialising in plastic surgery.
Book 3in the DCI Greco series
This is book 3 in the DCI Greco series by the brilliant Helen H Durrant.
The story begins with a young boy being assassinated. Why would someone want to eliminate a teenager in this manner?
Greco has recently been promoted to DCI of the newly formed Serious Crimes Team and is struggling to pull together a pretty dysfunctional team while dealing with the loss of Suzie. He has kept Grace and Speedy as part of the new team but Grace has romantic inclinations towards Greco and at this point in his life that is more than he is able to cope with and adds to the stress which also impacts on his OCD.
With the makings of a difficult case added into the mix Greco is really up against it.
The team struggle to unravel clues as to what is going on while random people from different areas of the underworld turn up dead.
This is a very intriguing book as there is so much going on with twists, turns and shocks all the way through. We are almost at the end before the dots begin to join up and the end result is even more shocking than expected.
Another absolutely stunning read that keeps the adrenaline pumping all the way through as we are treated to an insight into the stark reality of life within a detective team. The reality is not black and white it is grey and fuzzy and this book captures that perfectly.
5 stars from me. If you like detective books and haven’t read any books by this author you don’t know what you are missing.
THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS