Deadland

by William Shaw | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 178648661X Global Overview for this book
Registered by beeofgoodcheer of Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on 11/16/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, November 16, 2020
YOU CAN RUN

The two boys never fitted in. Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they're ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what's his - and ready to kill for it.

YOU CAN HIDE

On the other side of Kent's wealth divide, DS Alexandra Cupidi faces the strangest murder investigation of her career. A severed limb, hidden inside a modern sculpture in Margate's Turner Contemporary. No one takes it seriously - not even the artwork's owners, celebrity dealers who act like they're above the law.

YOU CAN DIE

But as Cupidi's case becomes ever more sinister, as she wrangles with police politics and personal dilemmas, she can't help worrying about those runaway boys. Seventeen, the same age as her own headstrong daughter. Alone, on the marshes, they're pawns in someone else's game. Two worlds are about to collide.

Kent and its social divisions are brilliantly captured in Deadland, a crime thriller that's as ingeniously unguessable as it is moving and powerful.

Journal Entry 2 by beeofgoodcheer at Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, November 16, 2020
I enjoyed The Birdwatcher, and this book returned to some of the same characters, with an emphasis on DS Cupidi. Two main plots were interwoven in this Kent based police procedural, and I preferred the characters and action of the two marginalised teenage boys committing petty crime rather than the higher brow, higher stakes art crime strand.

As is the way, these two strands wove backwards and forwards and came to a thrilling chase and conclusion.

Enjoyable but the mix of realistic crime and slightly farfetched spoiled it a little for me.

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