The Jackdaw Luke Delaney

51ZZlOTg-+L._AA160_ Pub: Harper Collins

Guilty or not guilty?

A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.

Revenge or mercy?

Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.

Live or die?

DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary – one who won’t stop until his mission is complete.

DI Sean Corrigan is a perceptive and clever man, but then so is The Jackdaw. A ruthless and cold killer who has made himself Judge and Executioner whilst allowing his audience of online watchers to be the Jury.

Luke Delaney’s novel is brilliant. I was gripped from the start and just could not put this book down.

I loved the journey of the police procedure in trying to capture this violent criminal and the way the reader gets inside Sean’s head. Every step of the way we know what Sean is thinking and what his next move will be. It was like walking side by side with a top Investigator.

The characters involved all contribute something to this amazing read, especially the scummy Mark Hudson. he sees The Jackdaw as a hero, and the ‘Your View’ killings as something to emulate.

Luke Delaney has experience in the Metropolitan Police and as a CID officer, and this experience makes him one of the best crime fiction writers that I have read. He knows the complexities of Sean’s cases and adds something more so the reader has a clear, vivid and imaginative reading experience.

I have not read the previous DI Corrigan books and feel I need to as to get the background story of some of the characters such as Sally. She has had a trauma that keeps being referred to and although this does not spoil this book if read as a standalone, I think the reader could benefit by knowing what has happened in her past.

There are a few twists with this novel, that I didn’t see coming. It really is an amazing ride.

4*/5

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