It's one of Brock and Kolla's bloodiest investigations. On the trail of a brutal killer with a meat cleaver and a grudge they're also watching their backs as new technologies threaten their jobs. A throat-stopping, heart-thumping mystery from one of Australia's most acclaimed crime writers.
'Riveting, intelligent crime writing from one of Australia's best.' Weekend West
A woman dies in her sleep in a houseboat on the Thames; the apparent cause of death, an unflued gas heater. It all seems straightforward, but DI Kathy Kolla isn't convinced. Both Kathy and DCI Brock run up against opposition in their investigation. An aggressive new Commander seems to have a different agenda, focusing on the new realities of economic constraints, and favouring emerging technologies over the traditional policing methods. Old-fashioned coppers like Brock and Kolla are being squeezed out. To make matters worse, there's a new Task Force moving in on their patch, and a brutal killer, Butcher Jack Bragg, to be tracked down and caught. It's one of Brock and Kolla's bloodiest investigations yet.
A heart-thumping read, The Raven's Eye gives us Brock and Kolla under pressure; it's a clash between the menacing ever-present eye of computer surveillance versus the explosive threat of a man with a meat cleaver and a grudge.
Contemporary, brilliant 21st-century police procedural written by an acclaimed crime writer at the top of his game.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Barry Maitland delivers another polished and atmospheric whodunnit, set on the canals and waterways of London. He's really got a feel for the close-knit community of slightly damp, offbeat house boat dwellers where a woman is found dead, apparently asphyxiated by a faulty gas stove.
Making investigations more difficult, DI Kathy Kolla and DCI Brock are struggling against the impact of budget cuts, restricting their ability to do their job thoroughly as their bosses apply pressure to make savings. God knows why anyone would want to join the police force under these circumstances.
About the Author
Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and brought up in London. After studying architecture at Cambridge, he practised and taught in the UK before moving to Australia where he was Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He has since retired from the university to pursue his writing. Maitland's first mystery The Marx Sisters was a nominee for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and The Malcontenta won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. Bright Air, Maitland's first crime novel set in Australia was published in 2008. The Raven's Eye is his twelfth Brock and Kolla mystery.
"Satisfyingly rich fare for puzzle addicts and conspiracy theorists alike, capped by a string of climactic fireworks that are still exploding in the very last paragraph." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Chelsea Mansions""Brock and Kolla's meticulous, psychologically astute sleuthing fascinates.""--Entertainment Weekly" on "No Trace""Maitland interweaves a smart plot, which includes a few shockers and more than a few Cold War roots, with major character developments for Brock and Kolla, and "Chelsea Mansions" is among the best entries in a top-notch series." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 20th August 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1