Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Operator, a crime thriller by Valerie Laws


Reviewed by Chris Longmuir

The Operator (Bruce and Bennett Crime Thriller 2)
Available at Amazon
I first met amateur sleuth, Erica Bruce, and her nemesis, Inspector Will Bennett in The Rotting Spot, and I liked the story so much I was pleased to see another book by this author.

The Operator is the name given to a serial killer who is murdering surgeons in a particularly gruesome way, and Erica becomes embroiled in the investigation when she discovers the body of the first victim. It isn’t long before she is crossing swords with Inspector Will Bennett, and their love/hate relationship ensures plenty of sparks will fly.

The Geordie speaking Stacy, also reappears in this book, providing a much needed blast of humour to the proceedings. The romantic element is supplied by Erica’s burgeoning relationship with a youg, half-chinese doctor, and their increasingly sexual encounters, which displeases Will Bennett.

Needless to say, Erica pursues the investigation in her usual dogged fashion and continually gets up the nose of Will Bennett and the investigating team. There are loads of twists and turns along the way, with the final one being a complete surprise. The climax of the book is bound to set pulses racing, as it races to the end at breakneck speed.

I enjoyed this book as much as The Rotting Spot. Valerie Laws has not disappointed with this, her new crime novel, The Operator.

Chris Longmuir