HAMMERHEAD by KEN McCOY.
Sam 'Mad' Carew is bored. So when a beautiful woman asks for his help, he's only too happy to help. Her father, Kevin Kilpatrick, has been locked up for violent murders she believes he didn't commit.
A recent spate of similar killings convinces Sam she may have a point. However, he doesn't bargain on getting mixed up with one of the most ruthless and sadistic crime families in the country. Sam soon realises he'll have to come face to face with the killer - the elusive and aptly named 'Hammerhead' - in order to knock this one on the head.
.... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Kevin Kilpatrick didn't know what the job was to be, other than it was some bookie they were turning over.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: "I can't speak - I'm in a dust bin."
"A dustbin? Of course you're in a dust bin - you're Sam Carew. Why wouldn't you be in a dustbin?"
The third outing for Sam Carew (I haven't read any of the others) with a plot that was about as subtle as a, well, hammer blow to the head.
For what is billed as a 'Euro crime favourite' there are an awful lot of references that I'm sure those outside of the UK would be hard pressed to understand/make any sense of.
A readable enough crime thriller that is not so much a whodunit as a 'how they were caught' novel, Hammerhead has some impressive characters with Ken McCoy paying particular attention to the violent side of the female psyche.
I thought McCoy wrote really strong female characters who, in the main, had some real depth to them. A pity that most of them were overly violent and not above using their 'feminine charms' to get what they wanted.
Much more poorly written were the men who largely came across as not very intelligent beings. Sam Carew himself I did not like, hardly believable as a supposedly resourceful crime detective, he seemed to think with his, well, with things other than his brain for a lot of the time which led him into all kinds of trouble.
More well known for his family sagas, I think McCoy was largely out of his depth and it showed. Will I be reading any more Sam Carew novels? No.
Signed by the author, Hammerhead was won at a Book Club quiz.