Title: Death Rains Down (Ray Logue #1)
Author: Kevin McManus
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Introducing Detective Ray Logue. A renegade, hard living & damaged cop. Full of Irish charm & the best detective in Port Ard.
Detective Ray Logue has become something of a maverick in Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 12 years earlier.
Now a hard-drinking loner and occasional loose cannon, Logue is a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, who occasionally crosses the fine line of taking the law into his own hands to see justice served.
As the body count starts to rise, Logue suspects he may have stumbled into a dangerous web of lies and cover-ups, stretching from his own department all the way to the very top of the political spectrum.
From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and it will destroy anyone who dares get in its way.
I’d like to thank Zoe from Zooloo’s Book Tours for arranging this tour and including me in it. Mystery & thriller reads are some of my favourites and with this book only being 165 pages I was very interested to see what it was all about.
Kevin McManus doesn’t mess around and we are soon thrown straight into the first murder of the book. From there the investigation gathers a lot of momentum and maintains it’s pace right until the very end. I was constantly questioning why these murders were happening, how they were linked but more importantly how were they going to catch the culprit.
Ray Logue was definitely not afraid of danger, in fact he often threw himself at the danger to catch the criminals. I loved how imperfect he was and the fact that he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, even if it landed him in hot water. For me the stand out of this book was the partnership between Logue and McGarry, These two were like chalk and cheese but the banter and the laughs they had brought a light hearted feel to the story. They complimented each other nicely and clearly had each others back’s during the investigation.
The whole plot, characters and final revelations were well thought out and this story certainly had ‘Line of Duty’ vibes. This could easily be read in one sitting and I’m intrigued to see what happens in the next instalment.
Kevin McManus is an Irish author. He primarily writes Crime Fiction novels but also delves into writing poetry and short stories. He lives in County Leitrim in Western Ireland with his wife Mary and their dog Jack. He works by day as a secondary school teacher. Kevin has produced a series of novels featuring an Irish Detective called Ray Logue and a series based around a New York Detective called John Morrigan. His debut novel published in 2016 was “The Whole of the Moon”. In a previous incarnation, Kevin was a bass guitarist in several rock bands for over twenty year. Kevin is a supporter of Aston Villa FC which has caused him to age prematurely.
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