Sunday, November 1, 2009
NECESSARY AS BLOOD
Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid are led into London's legendary East End, once the haunt of Jack the Ripper where races and cultures still clash. Amidst the trendy galleries and glamorous nightlife of Whitechapel there is still a violent and seedy underside, where unspeakable, unthinkable crimes bring terror to the innocent.
James and Kincaid are led by a family friend to a disappearance, a bloody murder and a child in terrible danger. One beautiful Sunday afternoon in mid May, young mother and successful artist, Sandra Gilles, leaves her young daughter, Charolott, with a family friend to run a quick errand. She disappears without a trace and shortly thereafter, her husband, Naz Malik, a Pakistani lawyer, is found brutally murdered under particularly unusual circumstances, leaving their young daughterb alone.
As the case grows more intense and dangerous, a personal issue threatens to throw Gemma and Duncan off the trail. In the end, it is up to them to stop a vicious killer and to protect the child whose fate hangs in the balance.
The Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid mystery series is one of my favorites. The novel is very will written and takes on some complex social issues such as drug dealers, human trafficking and child protective services. There is also an undercurrent of the underworld throughout. A lovely thrill ride through Whitechapel and the East End. I do so love a good mystery! What do you think?
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