Friday, November 19, 2010

Book Review: Naked Cruelty By Colleen McCullough

ISBN: 9780732292294;

ISBN10: 0732292298;

On Sale: 1/10/2010;

Format: Trade paperback;

Trimsize: 234 x 153 x 29 mm;

Pages: 400;

RRP: $32.99

Book Description

America in 1968 is in turmoil and the leafy Holloman suburb of Carew is being silently terrorised by a series of vicious and systematic rapes. When finally one victim finds the courage to speak out and go to the police, the rapist escalates to murder.

For Captain Carmine Delmonico, it seems to be a case with no clues. And it comes as the Holloman Police Department is troubled: a lieutenant is out of his depth, a sergeant is out of control, and into this mix comes the beautiful, ruthlessly ambitious new trainee, Helen MacIntosh, daughter of the influential president of Chubb University.

As the killer makes his plans, Carmine and his team must use every resource at their disposal -- including a team of highly motivated neighbourhood watch, the Gentlemen Walkers ...

Praise for the Carmine Delmonico series

′very much in the tradition of P D James! McCullough is a tremendous storyteller′ THE TIMES

′As an artful storyteller, McCullough has more than a few tricks up her sleeve′ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


Colleen McCullough is a very versatile and brilliant writer. Over the years the genres that McCullough as written in range from Historical Epics, such as her Rome Series to Drama, like Tim and Thorn Birds, to crime, such as this new novel.

It is hard to say if you liked McCullough’s last book you’d like this one as she varies her writing that much. There are some of her books that I haven’t been able to get into, but this one is brilliant, just like the Rome series.

The plot is well thought out and the characters fully fleshed and believable. McCullough paces the book with perfection, keeping the reader on the edge of their seats until the conclusion.

Definitely worth a read if you like crime novels.

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