Review: THE RAVEN’S EYE, Barry Maitland

  • published 2013
  • ISBN 978-1-74331-350-3
  • 377 pages
  • #12 in the Bork & Kolla series
  • borrowed from local library

Synopsis (author site)

First published : 2013 Allen & Unwin, Australia; 2013 St Martin’s Press / Minotaur

A woman dies in her sleep in a houseboat on the Thames; the apparent cause of death, an unflued gas heater. It all seems straightforward, but DI Kathy Kolla isn’t convinced.

Unfortunately both Kathy and DCI Brock are up against an aggressive
new Commander who seems to have a different agenda, opposing their
investigation in favour of emerging technologies over the traditional
policing methods. Coppers like Brock and Kolla who have reservations are
being squeezed out.

To make matters worse, there’s a new Task Force moving in on their
patch, and a brutal killer, Butcher Jack Bragg, to be tracked down and
caught. It’s one of Brock and Kolla’s bloodiest investigations yet.

In this heart-thumping new novel Brock and Kolla are under pressure;
it’s a clash between the menacing ever-present eye of computer
surveillance versus the explosive threat of a man with a meat cleaver
and a grudge.

The Raven’s Eye is published in Australia by Allen and Unwin,
http://www.allenandunwin.com, and in the USA by St Martin’s Press / Minotaur, http://us.macmillan.com/minotaur.aspx.

My Take

If I wasn’t convinced of it before, this title firmly sets Barry Maitland in my mind as an Australian crime fiction author up there with the best. His writing is quietly assured, and although there are elements of the plot that strain the bounds of credibility, Maitland is very persuasive. Poor Kathy Kolla seems to be in the firing line in more ways than one in THE RAVEN’S EYE, and both she and David Brock are very plausible and likeable characters.

If you share my tastes, then you’ll enjoy this thriller written by an Australian author but set mainly in London.If you haven’t yet met this pair of sleuths then you have a manageable series of 12 titles to tackle. And you know what I will say: read them in order! Although to be honest there is not much overlap from title to title so you can read them as stand alones.

My rating: 4.7

Check out my other reviews:
BRIGHT AIR
DARK MIRROR
4.8, CHELSEA MANSIONS

The series list from Fantastic Fiction
Brock And Kolla
1. The Marx Sisters (1994)
2. The Malcontenta (1995)
3. All My Enemies (1996)
4. The Chalon Heads (1999)
5. Silvermeadow (2000)
6. Babel (2002)
7. The Verge Practice (2003)
8. No Trace (2006)
9. Spider Trap (2006)
10. Dark Mirror (2009)
11. Chelsea Mansions (2011)
12. Raven’s Eye (2013)

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