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When the naked body of a dead young boy is found mutilated and artfully arranged on top of a tomb it opens up a whole can of worms for the Metropolitan Police Force of London because it turns out that this is just the latest in a string of similar murders The thing is that the previous victims had been either African American or of mixed race and had been written off as gang-related killings This latest victim however is white and is inviting a whole lot of interest Hoping to contain the accusations of racism and cruelty AC Hillier appoints acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley to the case assigning him newly promoted Detective Winston Nkata window dressing in Hillers mind for the public as Nkata is off Jamaican background and allowing Lynley to keep fiery Detective Constable Barbara Havers on the team Everyone quickly realizes that they have a serial killer on their hands As they race to discover how many prior victims there were and identify them and to try to establish a pattern of sorts that would give them a clue as to the killers modus operandi Lynley also has to contend with Hillers need to direct the investigation and his desire that Lynley and his team cooperate with the newspapers As the killings continue to mount and as the police officers race to get a result things take an unexpected and explosive turn one that perhaps neither Lynley nor Havers will ever recover from I thought that this was a great book It was compelling and dark and it was impossible to put down This book was well-crafted and very informing You can tell that the author did a lot of research on the subject itself and that the characters were very well developed Elizabeth George did a great job of weaving a complex plot the lives of the characters and the essence of London into her story This book
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