Exciting new crime from Alex Palmer, winner of the 2008 Canberra Critics Circle Awardtwo years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his own man. Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary. When a trafficked sex-worker is found brutally murdeExciting new crime from Alex Palmer, winner of the 2008 Canberra Critics Circle Awardtwo years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his own man. Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary. When a trafficked sex-worker is found brutally murdered in Sydney bushland, it should be just work for Grace. But the murder is too savage. And someone is watching them - perhaps Harrigan's old enemies, who want their pound of flesh. Grace's boss pushes her into a sting to catch the sex-worker's murderer, and she loses sight of just who is being hunted. In the end, who will be left looking into the eyes of a killer, with no place to hide? Suspenseful, smart and chilling - two of Australian crime's most memorable characters are in a race to save themselves from evil that even they have never faced before....
|Title||:||The Labyrinth of Drowning|
|Number of Pages||:||311 Pages|
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The Labyrinth of Drowning Reviews
THE LABYRINTH OF DROWNING is Canberra based author Alex Palmer's third book featuring (now) ex-cop Paul Harrigan and his agent partner Grace Riordan.The body of a sex-worker in Sydney bushland quickly becomes not just another case for Grace, as the violent injuries trigger flashbacks to her own sex attack many years before. Her investigation is further complicated as tensions with her boss simmer. Paul Harrigan, on the other hand, is working as a security consultant these days, happy to spend time with their very young daughter, he eventually is pulled into the periphery of Grace's investigation as a threat to their own home and family becomes apparent.LABYRINTH OF DROWNING is definitely a book that will benefit from having read the two earlier ones. The investigation is balanced against considerable time spent in Grace and Paul's personal and professional lives, with the consequences (and perpetrator) of her own brutal sex attack appearing in the middle of the chase for the vicious murderer of the Thai sex worker. Not knowing who all these people are, and what has happened to them in the past would undoubtedly make the story here a little confusing. Particularly as Grace isn't a police member, but in this book, in particular, she's deeply involved in an active investigation into a murder.LABYRINTH is another book from Alex Palmer that seems to start out with considerable impact, slows a lot in the middle, and works itself up into quite a head of steam towards the end. There's a hefty amount of self-imposed personal jeopardy sprinkled in that ending, however, that might put some readers off slightly. There is also a lot of the personal lives of the two main characters built into the narrative, particularly in this book as the threat intrudes on their home life literally and physically. Not strictly a police procedural, THE LABYRINTH OF DROWNING would be an interesting book for anybody who liked the earlier 2, or anyone who is looking for something less structured than a procedural but not quite as free-form as a private investigator style book.
When I started reading this book I felt it was too heavy on descriptions but I very quickly became immersed in the story line. There are two key aspects to the story: the craziness that is "out there" and which most of us are fortunate to be protected from, and those on the front line who deal with far more horrors than the average citizen can comprehend, sometimes at risk to their personal lives. It's dispiriting to find the manipulative control of others within the authorities as well as the "bad guys" just without the overt violence.I gave this book five stars because, while I read lots of crime and thrillers, it got under my skin and into my mind.
Really enjoyed this book, it's nice to read a book set in Sydney for a change.
I hadn't read any of Alex Palmer's books before and even though these characters have apparently been in a few other stories, it was easy enough to pick this up as a stand alone read.A fast paced Australian crime novel that I would happily recommend to people who like a fast paced police procedural thriller. I will watch out for further books from Palmer.
Meh........not bad, but nothing new either. It's being set in Sydney is fun & the storyline is ok but plotting is full of holes and characters are a little stock.- no idea as to what the title refers? A little pretentious sounding as it is not reflected in the novel itself.