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The Resource Blood river, Tony Cavanaugh

Blood river, Tony Cavanaugh

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Blood river
Title
Blood river
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Tony Cavanaugh
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eng
Summary
Brisbane 1999. It's hot. Stormy. Dangerous. The waters of the Brisbane River are rising. The rains won't stop. People's nerves are on edge. And then a body is found. And then another. And another. A string of seemingly ritualised but gruesome murders. All the victims are men. Affluent. Guys with nice houses, wives and kids at private schools. All have had their throats cut. Detective Sergeant Lara Ocean knows the look. The 'my-life-will-never-be-the-same-again look'. She's seen it too many times on too many faces. Telling a wife her husband won't be coming home. Ever again. Telling her the brutal way he was murdered. That's a look you never get used to. Telling a mother you need her daughter to come to the station for questioning. That's another look she doesn't want to see again. And staring into the eyes of a murderer, yet doubting you've got it right. That's the worst look of all the one you see in the mirror. Get it right, you're a hero and the city is a safer place. Get it wrong and you destroy a life. And a killer remains free. Twenty years down the track, Lara Ocean will know the truth
Review
  • In 1999 Brisbane, Australia, Det. Constable Lara Ocean and Det. Insp. Billy Waterson, the leads of this uninspired serial-killer thriller from Cavanaugh (the Darian Richards series), seek the Slayer, who nearly severs the heads of his (or her) victims, all of them male. The opening section’s title, “Wrong Girl,” telegraphs that 17-year-old Jen White, a private school girl the two homicide cops bring in for questioning, is innocent. Flash back three weeks to the discovery of the Slayer’s first victim. More murders follow in quick succession. Lara wonders whether a symbol connected to Taranis, the Celtic god of thunder, tattooed on one corpse points to an ex-boyfriend of hers. Early on, Cavanaugh indicates that the mystery of the Slayer’s identity won’t be resolved until 2019, lessening interest in those sections set in 1999. That Lara and Billy remain psychologically undeveloped throughout further undermines reader engagement. Fans of this subgenre will be better off elsewhere. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/13/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 15, p)
  • In 1999, everyone in Brisbane is on edge because a serial killer is on the loose. But when a teenage girl is arrested and found guilty, two cops are uneasy—could a young girl be capable of such savagery? Fast-forward 20 years. Jan White, the teen who was found guilty, has finally been granted parole, but she isn’t finding life outside prison easy or welcoming. The two cops who investigated her case have changed, too. Once-young Detective Constable Lara Ocean is now a Police Commissioner; her gruff, street-wise older partner, Billy Waterson, has retired. When new events force them to reanalyze the case, they have no idea where the trail will lead. Cavanaugh tells the story from various viewpoints, but he changes voices with such frequency and muddled clarity that the reader is often confused. Even those details that are compelling—the history of Detective Constable Ocean’s early life, for example—are dragged out in too many sketches. Further dampening the reading pleasure is the author’s overuse of weather description and overly cute chapter headings, including “It Bit Me Back” and “It's Not Like We Meant It.” There's a good story here, but it’s buried by flashy prose and a meandering plot. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2020)
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Cavanaugh, Tony
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  • Women detectives
  • Murder
  • Serial murder investigation
  • Serial murder investigation
  • Police
  • Brisbane (Qld.)
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Blood river, Tony Cavanaugh
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000065205822
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780733640742
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
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(OCoLC)1083323852
Label
Blood river, Tony Cavanaugh
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065205822
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780733640742
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1083323852

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