Thursday, January 20, 2011

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

Review by Susie Wilson

This is the first book I have read in the Carmine Delmonico series, so I didn’t realise that the book was not just about a serial killer. It is also about the characters and their family and friends in the Halloman Police Department. This threw me off balance a little bit and I was wondering why the book’s title only focused on the rapes and then a murder. It took me a little bit to get to the books guts but once I was there I really enjoyed it and the ending is great.

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