What the publisher says:
DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.
But that is just the beginning.
As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.
Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.
Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?
Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.
What I say:
This is the fourth book by Liz Mistry about DI Gus McGuire and his team and I have to say that yet again it does not disappoint. Gus is a likeable character, determined to do his job properly even while he is struggling to overcome his guilt over his involvement in the death of one of his best friends.
This time Gus and his team are investigating the death of two girls at the same teenage party. At the same time a teenage boy is missing. All in all a busy time for the team. And all the while, a shady figure in the background is trying to come between the team and unsettle relations.
As with the other books, the relations between Gus and his team are strong and provide some moments of relief from the story which has moments of uncomfortable reading. The uncomfortable moments are dealt with well and are a genuine part of the story, not just for gratuitous entertainment. There is also an appearance from Gus’ parents and best friend Mo who continue from the previous books. Once again the backdrop is Bradford and the descriptions are so vivid that the city almost becomes a character in the book.
The storyline is well thought out and throughout it’s many twists and turns keeps you guessing until the end. This was a book I found myself picking up during my work lunchbreaks, so determined was I to find out what was going to happen next.
As you might expect, the case is solved but not without a moment which actually made me gasp, I was so surprised. A rare reaction indeed, since I read so many thrillers. One not to be missed. Even though this is the fourth book about Gus and his team this can be read as a standalone.
Rating 5 out of 5
Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in. She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.
She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences
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