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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,187 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Described by The Irish Times as "a well-crafted mystery," The Reckoning sees Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan hunting the killer who tortured two paedophiles to death.

To the public, a killer who targets paedophiles is a hero. And even the police don't regard the murders as a priority. Maeve Kerrigan is shocked by the violence inflicted during these kills – the victims we
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Paperback, 483 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Ebury, 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Hallie
4.5 again, although things are already starting to blur slightly between the two books, which I read back to back.

The description on this one is quite misleading, as "the public" hardly gets the chance to consider the killer a hero at all. Very grim killings, and Maeve struggles hard with her new "partner"/superior and his attitudes towards her (in particular, and everyone in general) and his moods and his behaviour. She's also struggling with her personal life, having moved into the latest of a
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Rob Kitchin
I found The Reckoning to be somewhat of a curious read. At one level, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The writing was engaging, the procedural elements are well done, there’s a nice mix of characters, and the plot has a nice puzzle. The twist halfway through was well executed and worked to elevate the plot above usual police procedural fare. That said, the story was a little uneven in pacing, was a little clichéd in terms of character traits (the world weary superintendent, over-bearing, misogyn ...more
Bonnie
The Reckoning is Janie Casey's second crime novel starring Maeve Kerrigan as Detective Constable of the London Police force. Someone is targeting registered pedophiles and the violence is escalating and even the police don't regard the murders as a priority. Maeve is shocked by the violence inflicted during these kills – the victims were made to suffer.


On the personal side, she and Rob are realizing how much they care about each other, although dating a co-worker is frowned upon. Maeve is paire
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Patty
The Reckoning
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Jane Casey

My Speedy Summary...

Maeve, a detective, is involved in finding out who is meticulously murdering some of London's pedophiles... among other crimes.

My Thoughts...

I found this to be a riveting detective story with tons of dysfunctional characters...this included some of the good guys, too. I read this as a stand alone but I truly wish I would have read the first book in this series...The Burning. The central character, Maeve Kerrigan, a detective, was damaged in a way that
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Larraine
It's a satisfying feeling - for me at least - to find an author who combines a good story, good characters AND good writing. It shouldn't be hard to find that combination, but it really is. This is the second book I've read in this series featuring a young and strong heroine, Maeve Kerrigan, a Detective Constable who is part of an elite murder squad in London. This is the second in the series. Maeve has been paired with a difficult partner and superior, Josh Derwent, who derides her and too ofte ...more
Nick
Casey is definitely getting better as she goes along. #1 (The Missing) was truly dreadful. #2 (The Burning) was pretty good. And this is much better. The dialogue is still a little trying/unbelievable at times, but the doers were not as obvious this time around. My only real complaint: it's great to have a strong, young female detective as the protagonist, but when she is also the target of violence and stalking and harassment, some of which have nothing to do with her job (and none of the other ...more
Jennifer Thomson
Jane Casey's debut novel The Missing, was a gripping standalone read that never flagged. In a similar way to the TV show of the same name, it took us into the nightmare world of the family left behind when a child goes missing.

Her second book The Burning (although a more standard cops try and catch the bad guys read) was almost as gripping and introduced us to the character of DC Maeve Kerrigan, a tough Irish lass who wouldn't be out of place in a Marian Keyes novel - and I mean that as a compl
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Jill
I have become a serious fan of Jane Casey and her Maeve Kerrigan police procedural series.

Maeve is 28, and a Detective Constable for the London Police Murder Squad. She adores her boss, Superintendent Charles Godley, but he pairs her with a brash newcomer to the squad, Josh Derwent, insensitive and sexist. In fact, this is how most of the squad fellows are except for Rob Langton, with whom Maeve has been having a surreptitious on-and-off relationship. Members of the same squad shouldn’t date, an
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Kathleen Hagen
The Reckoning, by Jane Casey, b-plus, Narrated by Sarah Coones, Produced by Brilliance Audio,Downloaded from audible.com.

The second book about Maeve, the District Constable fighting crime. In this one, she’s been assigned to a new guy who is a veteran of police procedure from another district. Maeve knows right away that this is a man who doesn’t like to work with women. He tells Maeve that he’ll do the work and the thinking and she should stay out of his way and stand around looking pretty. Th
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J.R.
When the young daughter of a mobster goes missing you know there’s going to be trouble.

Cheyenne Skinner is only 14 but appears and acts older and is accustomed to getting her own way. She’s also the only child of John Skinner. When it appears Cheyenne has been taken by a sexual predator, her father launches a vigilante offense.

Violence quickly escalates to murder and tension increases as Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan and her team discover Cheyenne isn’t the only female missing.

Kerrigan migh
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Cleo Bannister
Amazon had The Burning on my recommended list so when this was offered by Amazon Vine I decided to give it a go. I am so pleased I did as it is well written, has good characters and an interesting premise for a crime novel.

When two paedophiles are found dead having clearly been tortured, the police investigate with varying amounts of interest. When a notorious crime boss notifies police that his 14 year old daughter is missing urgent action is required. This is a thrilling book and although ther
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G.H. Monroe
This book is the second in a series of books centered around a Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan of the London Police Department. It is rare, in my experience for books in a series to get better, but I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first book in the series (The Burning). In this book, Maeve and the rest of the team are trying to solve the cases of several pedophiles who have been brutally tortured and killed. These cases lead to another and the clock begins to tick. The lifeblo ...more
Susan Stonesifer
Can the 2nd be as good? The answer is yes. Jane Casey draws us back into the gritty world of homicide investigation. Tortured unsympathetic victims, a mobster's missing daughter, and a stalker all weave together for a story that will make you want to reread it to catch all of the clues.
Christine
Paedophiles are being tortured and murdered in London. In the second instalment of the Maeve Corrigan series, Maeve is assigned to the team hunting the paedophile killer. A case of a missing girl, Cheyenne becomes linked to the killings. We follow Maeve and her colleagues as they investigate.

One again, Jane Casey has crafted a brilliant and exciting well paced story. I love this series because it feels realistic and British in tone. Maeve is a fantastic character and she just gets better with ea
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Jen
Early in 2014, I received an egalley from NetGalley of The Burning by Jane Casey. It was an excellent police procedural, the first in a series featuring Maeve Kerrigan.

The Reckoning is the second book in the series. This time, Maeve is partnered with the brash (and completely politically incorrect) detective Josh Derwent. The case they are investigating involves the gruesome murders of three sex offenders, and Derwent does all he can to make things uncomfortable for Maeve.

The characters are wel
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Meera
I enjoyed this Maeve Kerrigan thriller although I've read the books in slightly the wrong order so I knew what was coming in some parts. It's a gritty police procedural set in a part of South London I know well - a serial killer is hunting down paedophiles in a small area of Brixton, and Maeve is put on the case. The public and many of her fellow police officers don't feel much sympathy for the victims, but Maeve is empathetic and determined to catch the killer. However, halfway through the book ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Jane Casey est née et a grandi à Dublin. Après avoir étudié la littérature anglaise à l'université d'Oxford, elle est devenue éditrice de livres pour enfants. Elle vit désormais à Londres avec son mari, un avocat spécialisé dans les affaires criminelles.

Son premier roman, Ceux qui restent, a gagné le prix du meilleur premier roman aux Crimezone Thriller Awards en 2011 et a été sélectionné pour le prix du meilleur polar des Irish Book Awards 2010. Par le feu, qui inaugure la série des enquêtes de
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Ingo
Not totally 5 stars, the ending was too neat in the romance department.
Great police-procedural and up until near the ending I really like Meave as a strong female botching her relationships and keeping alone some of the time. Bad idea for keeping me interested to end it this way.
Quite a few twist as the different stories meander together. Torture, pedophiles, not one but two insider-informants, and everything in the UK, not USA, great language, a few new words I had to look up, even then the mea
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SIMON Karine
J’ai découvert il y a peu, un premier roman de l’auteur mettant en lumière le Lieutenant Maeve Kerrigan, j’avais beaucoup aimé, et j’avais donc hâte de me replonger dans ses aventures. C’est chose faite, avec Dernier Jugement.

On y retrouve les ingrédients qui avaient fait la réussite du premier tome. Maeve se retrouve chargée d’une enquête sur un meurtrier en série. Mais elle doit travailler en duo avec son nouveau supérieur, un homme qui s’il parait plus sympathique que son prédécesseur (en mêm
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Leanne
If you are looking for well-developed characters, believable situations, and lots of tension, you've found your author. I'read all three books writting by Jane Casey, and can't wait for the next one. Set in London, it follows the professional life of an Irish detective raised in England. It feels like you stepped into the murder squadroom and have become a part of the action.
Ita Ryan
This is the third Maeve Kerrigan book I've read. She's an Irish writer who sets her books in London, which I find very interesting. All her books work well as stand-alones, but with this one I've been drawn in by the series and I've decided to read them all.

Maeve's heroine is a hard-working policewoman on a London murder squad. Surrounded by policemen she describes as 'conservative with a small c' - which includes a good splash of sexism - she's on the defensive much of the time. The descriptio
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Helen
Enjoyed this police procedural set in London(there are maybe one or two coincidences too many, but ...) It's unusual in that the main character is a (female) constable rather than a higher ranking officer, which gives a different aspect to the problems-at-work theme. Some interesting side comments on Irishness (the children brought up by Irish parents in London not to speak the language wish they could, while the Irish cousins in Ireland who can are keen to shake it off - very familiar!) Excitin ...more
Patsy
Took me a while to get going with this but once i did i enjoyed it. Have to say though that the two 'Rob' chapters seemed pointless.
Lynette Barfield
I thoroughly enjoyed this book..Good plot, good characters, good writing.. What else could anyone want?
Eve Nolon
This was a fabulous surprise after my meh reaction to THE BURNING. I enjoyed the case and the outcome, the addition of Derwent, Maeve's reactions to Derwent, and how things ended up with the romantic subplot—although I don't expect for the romance to be an Eve/Roarke sort of situation, unfortunately.

Moving on to the next book with bells on. However, I wish Casey would write the series in third person because the sudden change with the narrator towards the end is jarring as hell.

I must note tha
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Oddmonster
Next up on my never-ending list of words English needs to get hold of, pronto: the feeling of wanting to like a book more than you do.

(Maybe if there were linguists. Are there linguists?)

The Reckoning is a perfectly lovely telling of a series of vile crimes, investigated by a group of well-delineated London police officers while interrupted, at times, by a romance and a ridiculousness. Let me explain.

When someone begins torturing and killing pedophiles, it's difficult for the reader to find symp
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Annie
I must say up front that I enjoyed this one – it reminded me of early Cath Staincliffe, and the author has created a likeable and well-rounded central character in Maeve Kerrigan. Young, naive, well-intentioned, she’s something a bit different in the central role of a police procedural like this. Her love interest, Rob, never really grabbed me to the same extent. And the decision the author made to have him take over the narrative for a couple of chapters was a bad one – it was very clumsily don ...more
Megan
The Reckoning is a solid follow-up to the very good The Burning, but its differing plot structure and deepening character relationships make it an even bigger winner, in my eyes. It's an emotionally and intellectually thoughtful crime novel, and I find myself liking DC Maeve Kerrigan more and more.

First, Maeve is a well-rounded and believable character. Casey fastidiously shows why Maeve was a good fit for an elite task force: on the job, she's observant and analytical, and her boss clearly has
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Rich Stoehr
One definition of the word "reckoning" is "the settling of accounts," and while that fits with Jane Casey's novel of the same title, there's some pretty deeply unsettling things to be found in these pages.

The opening description sets the tone perfectly, describing a video clip of an unconscious, half-naked girl in the back of a van. What she says when she stirs awake may be the most disturbing thing in the whole description, and the story that spins out keeps the shocks coming. What starts out a
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She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an mPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin
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Other Books in the Series

Maeve Kerrigan (5 books)
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  • The Last Girl (Maeve Kerrigan, #3)
  • The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4)
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