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Reviews of Dying Light (2006)

Review by michael a draper (2012-06-19)
In Aberdeen, Scotland, when one of the police officers working under Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae is critically wounded in a botched raid, MacRae is assigned to the "Screw-up Squad." He had success in past cases and been praised in the media for it. However, one chief inspector has taken a dislike to him and will do whatever he can to ruin MacRae's career.

MacRae is assigned to work under Det. Inspector Steel, a wise cracking, heavy smoking, glory stealing woman who must have some information about the chief inspector becuase she doesn't take any criticism from him.

MacRae and Steel work together on solving a case that is priority, the person killing and dismembering prostitutes.

There is another supervisor who Logan is helping in hope of being reassigned. The main case of this unit is a series of arson fires that resulted in deaths.

The novel succeeds with excellent dialogue and a humorous banter that is necessary for police authorities to relieve the horror of what they have to deal with, burned bodies and dismembered corpses.

I enjoyed reading about MacRae. He is a good protagonist who isn't perfect. He's somewhat rambunctious yet, he's respected by the officers who work under him. He's a successful criminal investigator-a regular cop who hates the politics that accompany the job.

(This review refers to the 2006 version titled “Dying Light”)




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