Falling More Slowly: Introducing Detective Inspector Liam McLusky

Falling More Slowly: Introducing Detective Inspector Liam McLusky

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by Peter Helton
     
 

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DI Liam McLusky, freshly transferred from Southampton to Bristol and just recovered from an injury in the line of duty, has no time to settle in before catching a major case. Everyday objects that have been transformed into explosive devices are being left across Bristol, maiming or killing those who pick them up.
 
McLusky must figure out who the killer

Overview

DI Liam McLusky, freshly transferred from Southampton to Bristol and just recovered from an injury in the line of duty, has no time to settle in before catching a major case. Everyday objects that have been transformed into explosive devices are being left across Bristol, maiming or killing those who pick them up.
 
McLusky must figure out who the killer is, while navigating the fraught internal politics of his new post. Meanwhile, an ex-partner moves into the city to study—and keep tabs on him.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Recently transferred from Southampton, Bristol Det. Insp. Liam McLusky must adjust to a new police team that resents an outsider on their turf in Helton's engaging first in a new procedural series. When a homemade explosive device goes off at a local park, McLusky's superiors at first fear a foreign terrorist attack. But when another bomb explodes inside a makeup compact in a gym locker room, it's obvious the perpetrator is of the homegrown—but still very deadly—variety. While McLusky and Det. Sgt. James "Jane" Austin pursue any leads, however slim, that might reveal the bomber's identity, other members of the CID squad get on the trail of a gang of violent thieves known as the Mobile Muggers. The stakes rise as the bombs, disguised as everyday objects, appear at random throughout the city. By not tying up loose ends, Helton (Rainstone Fall) leaves readers all the more eager for the sequel. (Jan.)
Library Journal
MDI Liam McLusky begins his first day in the Bristol Criminal Investigation Department by rescuing a woman from a house that her husband is tearing down with an earthmover. In addition, McLusky destroys his new police car and later is a witness when a park bench explodes, injuring two people. And then his problems really begin. This new series by the author of the Chris Honeysett PI series (Rainstone Fall; Headcase; Slim Chance) introduces McLusky as a risk taker, a thinker outside the box, and someone who solves his cases in mostly unconventional ways. As the well-plotted investigation plays out, the building suspense leads to an edge-of-your-seat ending. VERDICT Fans of Peter James and readers who like British police procedurals will lap this one up.
Kirkus Reviews

Would you recognize a bomb if you saw one?

DI Liam McLusky's first day with Bristol CID starts badly. He wrecks a police car trying to settle a domestic squabble, earning the enmity of Supt. Denkhaus. Then he's given the unenviable task of sorting out who exploded a bomb under a park bench. Was it a one-off prank by kids? Unfortunately, other bombs follow, encased in everyday objects like a lady's compact, a can of lager, a pen, a champagne bottle and a chocolate Easter egg. These innocent-looking objects maim and kill the unwary citizens who pick them up. McLusky's car is targeted, too, ending his genial but tepid romance with a barmaid. While he plods on with the bombings, his station mates, who like him go a tad beyond legal niceties, manage to seize the mastermind and several of the underlings behind a spate of robberies with violence. Their success with the bomber is less complete. Even once they finally succeed in running him to the ground, there's no way of telling how many of his deadly emissaries are left to waylay the citizens of Bristol.

Helton (Rainstone Fall, 2008, etc.) provides a solid police procedural and an engrossing introduction to DI McLusky to boot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569478813
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Series:
Detective Inspector Liam McLusky Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
572,333
File size:
381 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Helton was born in Germany but moved to London in 1982, working as a translator for film and TV before relocating to the West Country. He completed a Fine Arts degree at UWE and has exhibited in London, Cornwall and Bath. At present he divides his time between his painting studio and writing in his cottage near Bath, which he shares with his cat Asbo.

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