Ritual (Jack Caffery #3)
The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were re...more
Kurz darauf findet sich eine weitere Hand ganz in der Nähe des ersten Fundortes, die zur ersten Hand gehört. Und dann...more
Flea begins to investigate Mossy's background, and learns that he is a troubled heroin addict, and was desperate for anyt...more
The key problem is, the plot which is interesting though hardly outstanding hardly needs Caffery, who could have been substituted by any Detective. Marley's own bagg...more
In this installment, Caffery has left London for Bristol and catches a case involving cut-off hands and head of the police dive team, Phoebe "Flea" Marley. She has some serious issues of her own and is surrounded by some very dark peo...more
I kept getting annoyed in this book because various characters kept referring to others as 'African' or to muti as 'African'. All the 'African' characters were sinister. Flea, one of the ma...more
This one started off well but the second half was not as compelling and it left me feeling frustrated re the lack of storyline to explain the details of the events between this book and the previous one.
As in the previous books the main character (DCI Jack Caffrey) has his own things going on which make a subplot to the current crime...more
There were aspects of the story left unanswered for me and this was a bit disappointing. Also I felt the characters, Caffery and Flea, were too self absorbed at times and their diversions from the overall story, delving into their inner demons, was getting a little tiring. I feel the Walking man doesn't really ring true as a character h...more
Jack has now moved to Somerset and works for the Major Crimes Unit there when a very odd case comes in. A severed hand is found, and soon its mate. Someone may be dabbling in unusual African rituals making their own sick kind of magic. There seems to be s...more
Mo Hayder ist eine britische Krimiautorin mit interessantem Lebenslauf (nachzulesen hier bei krimi-couch.de), die nach einer längeren Pause mit Ritualmord ihre Serie um den Ermittler Jack Caffery fortsetzt. Die ersten beiden Bände, Der Vogelmann (1999) und Die Behandlung (2000), waren beide recht erfolgreich und erhielten gute Kritiken. Zu dem Hörbuch brachte mich mein Lieblingsvorleser Dietmar Bär. So richtig warm geworden bin ich mit den Protagonisten Jack Caffery und der Pol...more
Back Cover Blurb:
Nine feet under water in Bristol Harbour, a police diver finds a human hand.
The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing, but even more disturbing is the discovery a day later of the matching hand and the shocking evidence that the victim was still alive when they were removed.
Recently arrived from London, DI Jack Caffery is now pa...more
Jack is still struggling with his demons, a wonderfully damaged character. The darkness never far below the surface.
I was pleased to read that the next book also includes the new character Flea Marley introduced in this.
I am surprised ITV haven't chose to turn any of the Jack...more
If you are after a tightly written harrowing read that ticks all the positives and deftly swerves past any negatives you could do worse than read this novel - I intend on going back and reading the Jack Caffrey novels before this, but I didn't feel once that I had missed out by picking up midway through the series -...more
This is the third book in a series that follows the main character, Jack Caffrey. He's a troubled police officer who has just taken a transfer to Bristol from London. He has this whole tragic background that I won't get into because it spoils all sorts of interesting plot developments that make the tired trope of "troubled police man" worth while and overlookable. I just made up a word!
In this particular book we meet Flea Marley, a police offi...more
Mo Hayder hit two grand slams with Birdman and The Treatment. These were two crime thrillers that stood out from such a thickly saturated genre. Quite the feat for a new writer on the scene.
My gushing reviews on these:
What made these great was how successful she was at engaging the reader
in not only the storyline of the crimes at hand, but the personal struggle...more
The storyline is also more straightforward, without very man...more
SETTING: Bristol, UK
SERIES: 3rd to feature Caffery; may be start of a new series
Phoebe "Flea" Marley is the head diver for a team that supports the police force in Bristol, UK. The team is often called upon to investigate the murky local waters when crimes take place. Even after much experience in dealing with dead bodies, Flea is taken aback when she discovers one severed hand. It's clear that the mutila...more
Ritual by Mo Hayder is the first novel in her new Walking Man Series. It is a paperback published by Bantam Press and its ISBN is 0553820435. From the author who brought us The Birdman, Skin and The Treatment like the others it is a graphically scary novel not for the faint hearted. While I enjoyed it I felt it was not her best book. To be fair it is the first book in a new series and new characters and scenes are been introduced. This will be a good series. A se...more
Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.
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