The Resource The burning, Jane Casey

The burning, Jane Casey

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The burning
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The burning
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Jane Casey
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eng
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"The Burning Man. It's the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London's parks. And now there's a fifth. Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve's empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?"--Jacket flap
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  • Billed as starring a serial killer, a sadist who lures young women to out-of-the-way spots and after murdering them sets fire to the remains, this London-based story opens with a tipsy girl leaving a pub alone after dark. She accepts a ride from a shadowy stranger. She notices he’s heading in the wrong direction, and you know what happens next, don’t you? No, you don’t. Red herrings are the genre’s staple, but Casey is especially good at misdirection. Her approach involves multiple points of view: chapters narrated by a could-be victim alternate with accounts of detective work by the policewoman assigned to the case. The book is too long, the descriptions of police procedure are ponderous, and the policewoman has an infuriating way of stepping on the tension to examine her psychological state. But toward the end it becomes clear that the author has been patiently, craftily assembling a portrait of deprivation and resentment that almost makes murder seem just and reasonable. The final pages bear terrific emotional weight. -- Crinklaw, Don (Reviewed 08-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 22, p26)
  • /* Starred Review */ Irish author Casey's impressive series debut, a taut serial killer thriller, delves deeply into the psyches of three women, each dealing with identity and self-esteem issues. Det. Constable Maeve Kerrigan is keen to prove her sleuthing skills to her male colleagues and bosses. In particular, she's anxious to join the task force investigating "the Burning Man," who has beaten four women to death, then set their bodies on fire in London parks. Maeve's investigation leads to Louise North, the best friend of Rebecca Haworth, the fifth victim. Casey expertly combines a perceptive crime drama with an insightful look at the women's overlapping problems. Maeve grapples at work with sexual harassment and prejudice against her Irish background, while the relationship with her banker boyfriend unravels at home. Frumpy Louise struggles with loneliness and an obsession with Rebecca, whose life was fraying before she was murdered. The strong, likable Maeve gives a power boost to a solid look at British police tactics. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 18, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 29, p)
  • A South London serial killer gets too much credit. Between September and December of 2009, four vulnerable young women walking home alone at night are brutally savaged, then set alight. DC Maeve Kerrigan, the only lass assigned to Operation Mandrake to bring "the Burning Man" to justice, is tasked with following up on the murder of a fifth victim, Rebecca Haworth. Unfortunately, when Maeve arrives at Rebecca's digs, Louise North is already there scrubbing the rooms clean. Her oldest friend, she says, was a tad messy, and she's been picking up after her since their years at Oxford. She points Maeve toward Rebecca's former boyfriend, the abusive Gil Maddick, as a possible suspect. Her apparently surprising idea makes sense because not everything about Rebecca's murder jibes with the burning man's M.O. Chief Superintendent Godley encourages Maeve to delve into Rebecca's past, which includes a cocaine addiction, a touch of blackmail and an obsession with a young man who drowned at Oxford. But matters come to an abrupt halt when a stakeout lands Maeve in the hospital with a fractured skull, her death averted only by the quick action of DC Rob Langton. As she heals, her feelings for Rob deepen. So does her belief in what and who really caused Rebecca's demise. Casey (The Missing, 2010) excels at precinct backbiting, sexism and romance. She's less surefooted at winding up her plot, resorting to a major and unlikely confession.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10011603
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Casey, Jane
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6103.A846
LC item number
B87 2011
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Maeve Kerrigan
Series volume
1
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  • Murder
  • Women detectives
  • Murder
  • Women detectives
  • England
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The burning, Jane Casey
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ocn704383826
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9780312614171
Lccn
2011283925
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(OCoLC)704383826
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The burning, Jane Casey
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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ocn704383826
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9780312614171
Lccn
2011283925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)704383826

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