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Published by Macmillan, 3 January
2013. ISBN: 978-0-230-76049-3
When the body parts of a
teenage girl are found scattered throughout the city, troubled New York detective
Callum Doyle lands the case.
from the outset that he knows who the killer is, Doyle sets out on a mission to
prove it. Leaving his rookie partner behind and without the support of his
superiors, Doyle is isolated and unchecked - just the way he likes it. But with
the suspect, local tattoo artist Stanley Proust, protesting his innocence - and
prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to get Doyle off the case - is the
policeman's intuition right, or way off track?
to the point of mania, Doyle neglects his wife and daughter, and comes under even
more pressure when a local thug blackmails him for previous misdeeds, which
poses the implicit questions to the reader: are the lines between hero and
anti-hero always clear? And does the end always justify the means?
tied together by an unexpected thread that is only revealed at the end of the
narrative, Doyle's greatest help comes from a relative of the deceased who has
hidden depths beyond anyone's expectations.
is an easy read - no great cerebral processes involved - so anyone looking for
simple escapism will enjoy this fast-paced, focused novel with a well-described
back story that ensures that readers who have not encountered Doyle before
still understand what's going on.
Reviewer: Joanna Leigh
David Jackson is the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring New York detective Callum
Doyle. His debut novel, Pariah, was
Highly Commended in the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Awards, and
translation rights have been sold. 'Marked' is the third book in the series.
Joanna Leigh studied French and German at university. She works in
the aerospace industry and is a chartered marketer in the UK. She describes herself as a
voracious reader, enjoying genres as varied as crime thrillers, historical
fiction and autobiographies. Joanna lives in London. She is the daughter of crime thriller
writer Leigh Russell.