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Series: A Detective Kate Swanson Mystery #1
Author: Matt Brolly
Published: November 21st, 2016
I loved both Dead Eyed and Dead Lucky by this author. They are both contemporary crime stories featuring DCI Michael Lambert and superb stories IMHO. When I read the synopsis for this I realised it was going to be very different – and it definitely is!
The Zero tolerance policy in this dystopian society means that anyone convicted of any crime will die . . . it doesn’t matter how minor, the penalty remains the same. The police officer who helps catch criminals is Detective Inspector Kate Swanson and, unknown to her colleagues, she’s a kleptomaniac so could easily face the same sentence herself. Now the policy is being questioned by members of the public and someone has decided to take the law into their own hands by kidnapping a judge and demanding all prisoners be released. When her boss also disappears the pressure is on for Kate to find the perpetrator.
This is the first book in a new series by this talented thriller writer and proved to be a very unique take on police procedural thrillers. The world in which it is set is well developed and there are a wide range of characters, with DI Kate Swanson and her partner DS Joseph Keane being the lead investigators. I found them easy to relate to, their flaws helping make them and the scenarios more believable but have to say I much preferred reading the stories featuring DCI Michael Lambert! I suspect this is a series that may grow with future novels as the characters and dystopian setting become more familiar. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a good read and one to give a go. It may appeal to others more than it did to me but given a choice between another book in his first series or the next in this one, there’s no contest for me, Michael Lambert definitely wins – but I’ll still look forward to reading both!
I requested and received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
No crime will go unpunished
It is the near future. A zero tolerance policy results in the death penalty for all crimes, no matter how minor.
When a judge is kidnapped, and a ransom note demands the release of all prisoners awaiting execution, kleptomaniac Detective Inspector Kate Swanson is put on the case.
But soon her boss also disappears. Under increasing pressure from her superiors, and caught between the security services and the growing social unrest, Swanson must race to find a man whose murdered wife and daughter link the missing men.
Can she find him before it’s too late?
With a dystopian twist on the police procedural, Zero is an unputdownable and atmospheric thriller. The first in a powerful new series from Matt Brolly for fans of Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza or Minority Report and Blade Runner.
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