In Babel , Kathy Kolla and David Brock, Scotland Yard’s brilliant and unconventional crime-solving team, take on an unsettling new mystery that touches many sensitive issues: Arab fundamentalism, genetic engineering, and murder.Following her ordeal in the stakeout at the Silvermeadow supermall, Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla is on leave, so haunted by past events that she is tempted to quit the force for good. Hearing about this puzzling new case makes her realize that nothing can keep her out of the game for too long. Professor Max Springer, a distinguished if controversial academic, has been brutally murdered on the steps of a London university. Springer was known for his stand against Islamic extremism, but was that motive enough to kill him?
While Kolla and Brock start looking for answers in London’s Arab community, rivalries within the university point in another direction, and Springer’s colleague, a professor of medical genetics, becomes involved. Is he as troubling a figure as he seems? Meanwhile, why would somebody leak information about this critical investigation to the media, risking an explosion in the streets? In this taut and satisfying mystery, Barry Maitland proves once again that he is one of the masters of police procedural writing today.
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Maitland is a master of the police procedural, Brock and Kella (here mostly Kella) are enaging protagonists, and the supporting characters are well drawn and interesting. A nuanced and sympathetic view of Islam in Britain and a jaded view of academia and big science. The 2012 Skyhorse version for NOOK has minor OCR defects, chunks (pages?) of text missing, and one wonderful, appropriate comma apparently entered by hand.
The first one says in a deep voice "two is better than one"