Luke Delaney, a former member of the Metropolitan Police-Criminal Investigations Department, has written his first novel featuring Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan as he tracks down the most cunning of serial killers in this impressive detective story, "Cold Case." (William Morrow, 437 pages)
As a survivor of child abuse at the hands of his sick father, Inspector Corrigan has a tragic awareness of the mind of the psychopaths who stalk innocent victims.
For it has only been with the help of years of psychological counseling and the love of his wife that kept Sean Corrigan from repeating the hellish cycle of the victim of child abuse becoming an abusive.
Yet the scars of his father's depravity haunt him still, and give him a unique insight into the mind of an abuser or, as he puts it with such heart-wrenching poignancy, "it takes a freak to catch a freak."
From the depths of his tormented soul, Inspector Corrigan relentlessly pursues a homicidal predator with a superb advantage - the killer has cover from deep within Scotland Yard.
Corrigan's dogged persistence and sixth sense awareness of sociopaths helps him take on the most challenging opponent - a wealthy financier with an urge for blood.
In this gritty and hard hitting crime novel, Delaney manages to keep the reader's attention from the first page, with gripping flashbacks from the perspective of the killer, to the very end, as he manages to deliver a diabolical twist in this haunting story of the most fiendish of monsters - the thrill killer.