In a grimy flat in the city of Cork, a man lies dead. His face is unrecognisable: seven gunshots have shattered cartilage and bone. Yet DS Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, knows exactly who he is. Amir Xaaji Maxamed, an evil man who trafficked young girls to be sold for sex. When a second pimp is killed, Katie must decide. Are these vigilante murders justified? And can she stop them spiralling out of control?
©2014 Graham Masterton (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time" (Peter James)
"This is Graham Masterton's third novel featuring Irish detective Katie Maguire. A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)
Red Light - not my type of book
Book was weak and didn't like narration either, victims cries of indignation was feeble
I found this story formulaic and that it lacked suspense. The author appeared to lose steam as the story ended abruptly, and left the reader to infer what was likely to happen (very untidily). Good authors (like Ian Rankin) use this to good effect as the relationship between characters leave you wanting more. I don't think I will be returning to Katie Maguire, and considered returning the book for a refund.
A tidier ending with confrontation between Maguire and the acting Chief Superintendent would have helped, but still wouldn't make a great read.
None stood out.
Partly. A better conclusion would have left me more satisfied.
This is the continuing story which feels so real. The characters fit so well into the story
Obviously the main character of Katie is great
When Katie faced up to the assassin and did not shoot
I felt that the subject of the world of these girls and their plight was very sad
The narrator Caroline Lemon as in previous books in this series ,was superb. She made each character easily identified and thus made the story into a real play. Wonderful listening
A gruesome tale of revenge, excellent narrator who took on the challenges of the different accents and brought the story to life.
Love to listen whilst doing the chores.
Masterfully written and brilliantly narrated by Caroline Lennon this brilliant audiobook is part of the Katie Maguire series but could quite easily be listened to as a stand-alone book. If you haven’t listened to the previous two in this series be prepared that there are some fairly gruesome murder scenes, also in this one there are some rather graphic sexual scenes, which I certainly wasn’t expecting, so if you are easily offended then this probably isn’t an audiobook for you. It is also an excellent sequel to White Bones and Broken Angels, Katie continues to try to juggle her personal life with the constant pressures and responsibilities of being a Garda detective in Cork. In Red Light, the plot focuses on the trafficking of young foreign girls into prostitution and the subsequent quest of The Revenging Angel to rid the streets of Cork from all the low life scum involved with forcing these girls into prostitution. Personally, it took a couple of chapters to get going and then I loved it just as much as the previous two, I'm not sure if it really needed the graphic sex scenes or maybe thats just me, but it didn't put me off and I have already downloaded the next one.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
Caroline is usually an excellent narrator. Here, however, the emphasis and inflection was wrong many times. I was surprised, as I have listened to her several times before and this has never previously been the case. Of course the editing is also lacking for not picking this up. However, great ability still knocks spots of most narrators, so it still merits four stars.
Beware the anger of a woman.
This is a gripping listen/read. It is not for the faint hearted, as it is frequently quite gruesome. Sadly, I found Katie somewhat superficially drawn and this makes it a four star story, rather than a five for me. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading others in the series.
I have not seen the print version but found the audio version to be thoroughly engrossing
Det Supt Katie McGuire
The detail in the opening scenes where the first body was found set a very high standard for the rest of the book
A Corker of a crime thriller
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