No Birds Singby Jo Bannister
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.
A notch below A Taste for Burning (1995)which places it just below the highest ranks of the British procedural.
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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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!
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.