Sunday, June 6, 2010
"In the country of the blind, the one eyed man is King." Michael Apostoulis
In Aberdeen, Scotland, Det. Sgt. Logan "Laz" McRae is investigating a series of attacks on Polish immigrants. The attacker gouges out their eyes, burns their eye sockets to cauterize the wound and leaves them in their injured state. There was also a note that the Poles have taken "...our jobs, our women and our God."
The attacker is given the nickname, Oedipus.
As this case is being investigated, a large quantity of weapons and ammunition is found. Police fear that this could be preparation for an all out gang war to take over one of the local gang's operation. This case is also given top priority.
Logan is under the strict disciplinarian, DCI Finnie, who never seems satisfied with Logan's work. Logan also works with Det. Inspector Steel, a feisty lesbian officer who curses so much she has a container to put money into every time she curses. She is currently stressed because she and her partner, Susan, want children. When they aren't approved for adoption, Steel suggests that Logan donate the sperm needed for artificial insemination.
This is a madcap police procedural. Since the police in Scotland don't normally carry guns, there are a number of skirmishes that could have involved the Three Stooges, policemen hit with beer bottles, kicked in the crotch and shot at without fear of return fire.
There's lots of action in a realistic manner where the reader gets to see the mistakes that police, who are human, can make. McRae is an excellent protagonist with a strong sense of right and wrong. He's moral, determined and as relentless as a hungry pit-bull.