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No Birds Sing
     

No Birds Sing

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by Jo Bannister
 

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In one 48-hour period, detective Frank Shapiro sets up a sting to trap a team of train robbers while detectives Graham and Donovan go undercover--she as a decoy for a rapist, he as a new recruit to a vicious dog-fighting ring. Then it gets personal. One becomes a victim and the other is seduced by the violence he's supposed to hate--and neither can get out without

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In one 48-hour period, detective Frank Shapiro sets up a sting to trap a team of train robbers while detectives Graham and Donovan go undercover--she as a decoy for a rapist, he as a new recruit to a vicious dog-fighting ring. Then it gets personal. One becomes a victim and the other is seduced by the violence he's supposed to hate--and neither can get out without blowing their cover. Martin's Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Castlemere, an English city of about 80,000, isn't usually a hotbed of crime. But in a 48-hour stretch, its coppers have to deal with ram-raiders (a British version of smash-and-grab robbers); a serial rapist; a dog-fighting ring; and a train robbery. In the fourth Castlemere procedural (following A Taste for Burning), Bannister's appealing police trio exhibit their diverse strengths and weaknesses: Detective Superintendent Frank Shapiro is a 30-year veteran with experience and instincts enough to know when to give his staff free rein; Detective Inspector Liz Graham is bright and ambitious and quite likely to be promoted off the Castlemere force; and Detective Sergeant Cal Donovan is the maverick who's too unorthodox to climb the ranks but too valuable to be dismissed. Many procedurals read as if the police had the luxury of tackling each case as a separate entity, but Bannister depicts her force coping with several major crimes at once. She does so brilliantly. While Shapiro coordinates and oversees operations to trap the ram-raiders, both Graham, on the rapist's trail, and Donovan, trying to infiltrate the dog-ring, undergo serious trials by fire. Taking her already accomplished characterization to new levels of depth and intensity, Bannister creates deeply suspenseful situations, resolves them with panache and melds the various themes into an extremely satisfying whole. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
When a crime wave hits Castlemere, Superintendent Frank Shapiro's Queen's Street cops rush headlong to put themselves in the line of fire. Inspector Liz Graham, noting that two recent rape victims both resemble her, wants to have herself staked as bait for their attacker. And loose-cannon Sergeant Cal Donovan, fresh from thwarting a daring train robbery, goes undercover with a pit bull to get a line on whoever dumped a rotting canine corpse on Shapiro's front porch—only to find that he's hit the jackpot via an invitation to join the ram-raiders who've been crashing their 4x4 into shopfronts and scurrying off with whatever they can carry. In an ordinary genre writer's hands, both the undercover ops would generate some nail-biting tension before their predictable success; but both of the Castlemere coppers get badly burned when their masquerades are so successful that they backfire, leaving Graham and Donovan violated and traumatized. Bannister's especially persuasive in dramatizing Graham's combination of outrage, sympathy, and obsessive determination to get the man who's now added her to his list.

A notch below A Taste for Burning (1995)—which places it just below the highest ranks of the British procedural.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312143824
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
Castlemere Detectives Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Jo Bannister lives in Northern Ireland, where she worked as a journalist and editor on local newspapers.Since giving up the day job, her books have been shortlisted for a number of awards.Most of her spare time is spent with her horse and dog, or clambering over archaeological sites.She is currently working on a new series of psychological crime/thrillers.

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No Birds Sing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ThePhys2001 More than 1 year ago
A very thoughtful and considered approach to the main character's emotional and thinking processes as she deals with a very humiliating and dangerous situation--and triumphs!
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
While the topics covered in this crime novel are certainly adult in nature: murder; dog fighting and rape, the handling of the material is strictly at the high school level. The characters are all two dimensional, sort of a Nancy Drew meets Hardy Boys presentation. The situations presented have a pat and contrived feel, there is never a sense of impending action, more of a sense of "what will the author throw into the mix next". The ending is contrived and unsatisfying and the resolution, if it could be called that, of the emotional aspects of the novel are trite and sophomoric. I had a sense while reading the book that I would have enjoyed it a great deal more in my teens. I think it is a fine book for a young reader. Experienced readers will want to spend their money and time elsewhere.