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Published by Avon, 6 February 2020. ISBN
moving investigations into what can only be described as totally horrific and
barbaric crimes become intertwined in Helen Field’s Perfect Kill.
Turner is already investigating the disappearance of Malcolm Reilly, a young
Scottish lad from Glasgow, when his body turns up at a postmortem in France
attended by DI Luc Callanach. Luc is in France acting as Scottish liaison
officer to Interpol. He is working with an old friend and colleague,
John-Paul, helping to trace human traffickers who are moving women from Eastern
Europe to the West.
apparent that the movement of people is a two-way operation. Containers
bringing trafficked women to Scotland return to France carrying healthy
youngsters who have been kidnapped in Glasgow. It is easy to guess the fate of
the young women, but the use for the healthy youngsters – we follow three of
them – is not so easy to uncover. There are clues. Malcolm Reilly’s body
has been carefully vandalized. Organs have been removed. Why? Mining
organs for use in illegal transplants would be bad enough, but this is far
worse because nobody wins, not the recipients of the organs and most certainly
not the donors. Only the criminals gain. Luc does discover the ultimate fate of
the organs and their unfortunate owners though not before he is nearly killed in
Ava gets a
break after Elenuta, a brave and beautiful Rumanian girl who has been kept
prisoner and forced to work as a prostitute escapes. She is recaptured but
discovers an even darker side to the uses the girls are put to - you really
don’t want to know unless you thrive on violent thrillers – and manages to help
For me the
strengths of this book, and there are many, lie in the humanity of its
characters. The uneasy relationship between Ava and Luc who love, but no longer
trust, each other is skillfully portrayed. As is Luc’s relationship with
Jean-Paul that is also suffering from a breakdown in trust. There also is
a heartwarming sub story involving a couple of very young Syrian refugees, a
young boy who is trying to look after his hungry little sister. Luc helps them
and tries to ensure the authorities won’t separate them. Finally, there is the
love of Ava and Luc for Natasha. She has breast cancer and wants Luc and
Ava to come and live with her whilst she works her way through it. One might
accuse Natasha of having an ulterior motive in bringing her two best friends
together in her house, and one might just be right.
kill is a perfect read for those who can cope with/enjoy
horror and violence. Those who can't should be aware that Helen Field’s writing
makes for compulsive reading. It will draw you in whether you like it or not.
Fields, a former barrister, now writes a Scottish set crime
series - D.I.Callanach and D.I. Ava Turner. Her debut novel Perfect Remains and the second in the
series Perfect Prey are Amazon best
sellers. Perfect Crime is her fifth
book. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, and
lives with her husband and three children.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.