Search Results: "Barry Maitland"


BOOK REVIEW

BABEL by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Maitland has always been a notable spinner of mysteries, but his fifth case continues to extend his range, depth, and mastery into Ruth Rendell territory."
The shooting of a controversial prof in front of horrified witnesses reunites shaky DS Kathy Kolla, sidelined after the traumatic showdown of Silvermeadow (2002), with Chief Inspector David Brock. Read full book review >

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DARK MIRROR by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Like All My Enemies (2009), average for this distinguished series. But Kathy's fans, presented with two installments of her adventures in two months, can hardly complain."
Researching eminent Victorians can be dangerous, DI Kathy Kolla realizes; you can end up as dead as they are, and by the same means. Read full book review >

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SPIDER TRAP by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"Though Maitland (No Trace, 2006, etc.) is never less than sensitive and professional, Brock and Kolla's delayed-action ninth case is their most routine."
A schoolboy's grisly discovery in South London takes DCI David Brock on a most unsentimental journey into a case he fumbled long ago. Read full book review >

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ASH ISLAND by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you'd expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter."
DS Harry Belltree ruffled and singed so many feathers in Sydney Homicide in his explosive first appearance (Crucifixion Creek, 2014, etc.) that he's been rusticated to far-off Newcastle. It's not nearly far enough to ensure the safety of himself, his blind, pregnant wife, Jenny, or assorted well-connected lowlifes. Read full book review >

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THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"The complications may be far-fetched, but Maitland's ability to root them deeply in the psychology of his characters and spring surprises that seem as inevitable as they are unexpected make for another deeply satisfying case."
The financial pinch has come to the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Squad, along with all manner of cutting-edge technology that's supposed to allow the police to do more with less. And it would be hard to say which of the two is the bigger problem. Read full book review >

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THE MALCONTENTA by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The ever-more-loose-cannon-coppers structure lends the escalating revelations about Alex Petrou and his employers a depth, bite, and nuance that are well worth the inevitable implausibility."
Exiled for a year from the Metropolitan Police to the Family and Juvenile Crime unit in the Kent County CID, Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla thinks she'd like nothing better than a juicy sudden death. Read full book review >

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THE CHALON HEADS by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The third and finest case so far for this underrated pair of coppers (The Malcontenta, 2000, etc), and the most satisfyingly twisty mystery of the year."
Chief Inspector David Brock has nothing but bad memories of Sammy Starling, the petty crook he helped build a case against years ago. Read full book review >

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THE VERGE PRACTICE by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"Despite the story's tendency to split into two unrelated parts, Maitland burrows so deeply into the lives of Charles Verge, his associates, and the investigators that you'd think he was channeling P.D. James."
Chief Inspector David Brock and Sergeant Kathy Kolla (Babel, 2003, etc.) consider the fate of a prominent architect who's disappeared without a trace. Read full book review >

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THE MARX SISTERS by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"A clever, flavorsome debut with a particularly deft knack of pulling the rug out from under you in between chapters, just when you think you're safe."
Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla, handling her very first murder investigation, isn't even sure Meredith Winterbottom was murdered. Read full book review >

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ALL MY ENEMIES by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Average for this outstanding series—in other words, a must-read for fans of the British procedural, with a hair-raising denouement."
While completists wait for October and Kathy Kolla's latest case (Dark Mirror), they can savor the 1996 novel that introduced her to the Met's Serious Crime Division, though not yet to the United States. Read full book review >

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SILVER MEADOW by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Not even the most hard-bitten readers, however, are likely to forget the monstrous terrarium world of Silvermeadow."
Four years after cold-blooded Gregory North killed two guards during a bank robbery in Ilford, Chief Inspector David Brock of Scotland Yard is still hunting him down the most unlikely byways. Read full book review >

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NO TRACE by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Maitland, perhaps the most underrated writer currently working the whodunit field, puts it all together—a memorably twisty plot, cut-and-thrust interrogation, unsparing forensics, psychological penetration—in the complete mystery package."
The third kidnapping of a young London girl blows the case into a dark new dimension for Chief Inspector David Brock and Sgt. Kathy Kolla. Read full book review >