Title: Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry
Date Published: 14th April 2018
Genre: Police Procedural, Mystery/Thriller.
DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.
But that is just the beginning.
As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.
Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.
Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?
Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.
DI Gus McGuire is still reeling from events that happened earlier in the year (and in the previous book) when he is called in to a house party gone wrong, two girls are dead and the teenage boy, Simon Proctor, is missing. The case proves to be tough for Gus, especially as a case from his second in command DS Alice Cooper’s past comes back to haunt her.
I discovered this author last year and after reading Untainted Blood (you can read my review here), I knew I had to read the next book in the Gus McGuire series.
For me this book was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions (I don’t often say that about crime fiction). Liz Mistry faces some of the most despicable acts one human does to another head on which may not be for everyone but I found compelling and realistically done. Also when the bad guys are caught, if their crimes are that much more despicable, it feels so much more satisfying.
As always Liz Mistry creates great and rounded characters from the horrid DC Steven Knowles, who is out to get Alice to Tayyub, Simon’s friend who is on the Autistic Spectrum.
The story starts off a little slowly but builds to a tension packed, emotionally charged ending that I wasn’t ready for it at all! It’s safe to say I’m looking forward to the next book later in the year.
About The Author:
Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in. She is currently researching for a Ph.D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.
She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences
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