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Wednesday 3 July 2013

‘White Bones’ by Graham Masterton

Published by Head of Zeus,
7th March 2013.
ISBN: 978-1-781-85063-3

Set in modern day Ireland and featuring Kate Maguire from the Cork Garda. The story opens as the remains of a multitude of human bones are unearthed on the late Meaghan’s farm. Katie Maguire is called in and after forensic examination these bones turn out to all be female, and date back to 1915, which long before the troubles in Ireland started to brew. Further DNA testing is requested, and the horror that all the women buried on this farm were skinned alive is then discovered. The garda start their investigations with the belief that their killer would have been someone from the time the horrific murders took place, but are halted in their tracks when they hear that an American woman who had quite recently gone missing in Cork, is then unearthed, on the same farm, and her body was also skinned alive.  So it’s left to Garda  Kate Maguire to put the pieces from the past and present together, and solve the mystery.

This book has been described in some journals as one of horror, but for me it is a crime novel. It is extremely graphic, and in places the amount of gore written may make your stomach churn, but there is a crime to solve, so it is a crime story. It also gives an insight into Celtic mythology. Masterson is an exceptionally strong writer, in places, but in other places he writes with extreme sensitivity, such as when dealing with the problems Kate Maguire faces in a male dominated profession. All good stories need light to bring relief from the dark. Masterton knows how to do this, and this book comes highly recommended, for those who like it strong. 
Reviewer: Linda Regan
Graham Masterton. was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British menis magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughsi novel The Wild Boys. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex 'how-to' books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001. He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Menis Health, Woman, Womanis Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines. He lives in Surrey. His wife and agent Wiescka died on 27 April 2011, aged 65. He has just finished writing a black thriller featuring Irelandis only female detective superintendent, Katie Maguire, set in the Cork underworld; and a dark fantasy, Jessicais Angel, about a girlis search for five supposedly-dead children.
Linda Regan is the author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader, and welcomes the chance to read new writers

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