Publication Date: Available Now from Simon and Schuster
Source: Review Copy
A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and an horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli.
The police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation to continue.
The trail leads to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red …
Kill the Angel brings together once more the really quite excellent duo of Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre – who now, after this novel, are two of my favourite characters in crime fiction..
This one, like it’s predecessor “Kill the Father” was a pacy, considered and intriguing thriller, beautifully paced and twisted as you like. Either one can be read on its own but I would recommend reading in order to see the relationship developing between the two main protagonists and to see the back story in detail.
I pretty much devoured this one – a train with a deadly cargo, a hunt through the city, leaves Colomba chasing a shadow, the “angel” of the title, with the help of Dante who has his own idea’s about things. Horrific realities start to emerge and our pair face danger at every turn. The Italian setting once more vividly described and fully immersive comes to life around them, this is occasionally violent but ever compelling.
With an ending that made me sit up and clutch my hair and an addictive and truly unpredictable mystery element, Kill the Angel is by far one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year so far.
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