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This novel featuring London police sergeant Tom Brant (the antihero of 2004's Blitz and 2005's Vixen) finds the unscrupulous detective up against a serial killer who is trying to teach Londoners a gruesome lesson in politeness and civility by viciously murdering rude and inconsiderate people, thank you very much.
\ \ As the so-called Manners Killer begins his reign of terror in southeast London, the brutish Brant -- a huge fan of classic crime fiction like Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels -- tries his hand at writing. But the novel (working title: Calibre) is temporarily put on hold when Brant vows to track down the etiquette-obsessed killer by any means necessary. With the help of a misfit and oftentimes dysfunctional group of squad members (and one homely prostitute), Brant believes that he has correctly identified the murderer. But with no hard evidence, the corrupt cop goes way outside the parameters of the law to take down his target… \
\ Brant's passion for classic crime fiction -- with frequent references to works by Charles Willeford, Jim Thompson, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, et al. -- and the abundance of priceless hard-boiled one-liners throughout ("Would I kill a kid? No way, José. Not unless he was in a boy band.") make Bruen's Inspector Brant novel a down-and-dirty neo-noir gem. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11. Paul Goat Allen