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SERIAL opens with a haunting first person narrative. A middle-aged male describes picking up a lone girl hitchiker. Within pages however, her voice disappears from the scene and the man is alone once again...Days later, the body of a man is discovered and within his pockets lies the typed sheets of that first narrative. The Gardai follow the text closely and deduce that the hitchiker must have been murdered as well. They swiftly find her mutilated body. But this is only the beginning of the mystery. The police are convinced that the two murders are by the same killer. But the first seems to have been committed by a man, the second by a woman...Who is the hunter and who is the victim? The female detective, Kristina Galetti, has her thoughts, but in the end the decision might come down to who knows the nature of the human soul the better...As the investigation intensifies and Galetti comes under increasing public and political pressure, the split between her and her recalcitrant colleague threatens to allow this vicious, pathological killer to walk more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 385.56g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752856952
  • 9780752856957

Review quote

EVery so often a new crime writer emerges to captivate with a unique style that really does grab the reader. Ireland's Jim Lusby is one such writer. "Serial" is no easy read, and Lusby certainly sets himself a task in the way he sets out his stall: chapters that deal with specific people and events, intermingling with others throughout. A serial killer is on the loose in rural Ireland, and the special team of Gardai set up to hunt him/her down is left in the wake of baffling murders that make no sense whatsoever, save for the ears missing from the victims. Slowly, though, a pattern emerges, as Lusby skilfully brings the whole plot together. His construction of characterisation is enticing to read, with the story building to a tense crescendo. A thoroughly recommended read from a writer who'll be around for a while to more

About Jim Lusby

Born in 1951. Former Hennessy Award winner for his short stories, has also written for the stage and radio. Now lives in more

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