Synopses & Reviews
In the prologue of British author Millar’s gripping if a bit contrived fourth novel featuring Belfast PI Karl Kane (after 2013’s Dead of Winter) an unidentified young woman dispatches an abusive priest before fleeing a religious group home. In the main narrative Kane wakes up early one morning from his usual nightmares about his mother’s murder to answer a phone call from a female friend he knows as Lipstick who’s in trouble. Kane rushes over to the hotel where Lipstick a heroine addict has been entertaining a john Graham Butler who’s turned violent. Kane rescues Lipstick but his dark past is about to catch up to him via Butler and an apparently unrelated arson investigation. When the arson case takes a surprising turn involving the woman who killed the priest Kane is forced into a face off with an old bogeyman his mother’s killer. Millar blends old fashioned gumshoe noir with the latest in high technology to build a nail biter that sneaks up on you. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."