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Published by Head of Zeus. 9 February 2017. ISBN:
Living Death is the seventh book in the Katie
Maguire series of police procedurals set in Ireland. Katie Maguire is a high-ranking
detective in the Cork Garda and at the start of the book she begins an
investigation into a break in at boarding kennels and the disappearance of a
large number of dogs. During the break in the owner’s wife is raped and one of
the perpetrators shot dead, which turns a simple case of dognapping into a
Meanwhile a young woman, Siobhan, is abducted from outside
of a nightclub and forced to endure horrific mutilation by the surgeon of a
private clinic, the details of which are gruesome. Siobhan isn’t the only one
to go missing and as the book progresses the number of patients admitted to the
clinic grows, each trying to cope with the unnecessary loss of sight, limbs and
In contrast to the unnecessary mutilation of the
victims, at home Katie is struggling to cope with having an ex-lover who has
come to stay after the recent amputation of his legs, a situation she feels
responsible for. The ex-lover is needy and trying to come to terms with the
loss of his legs. He desperately tries to rekindle their relationship as if
this will somehow make up for the loss.
With human mutilation and animal cruelty at its worst,
this is not a book for everyone. However, Living
Death is full of light and shade with empathy and tenderness balancing the
horror. Graham Masterton cleverly shows the manic lifestyle of a high-ranking
police officer. The mountain of paperwork and bureaucracy, as well as the day
to day running of an investigation, and how it all impacts on a policewoman’s
This is a book of twists and turns, and threads that
brilliantly weave throughout the book. No element is superfluous to the plot and
there are surprises up to the very last page.
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.
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She
started her career working in publishing as a book designer and now creates
covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that deals with the
psychological effects of crime.