Pan Macmillan, February, 2009
Reviewed by Sunnie Gill
FBI profiler Sophie Anderson has settled into her job in Los Angeles. She
has established a name for herself and made contacts. Her latest case is
something new to her. It looks as though the victim has had his throat
ripped out but exactly how is a mystery. The man is identified as a member
of the infamous Yakuza who has been presumed dead these past fifteen
Sophie finds herself working with a new set of people: a task force
consisting of a number of law enforcement agencies who specialise in
gang-related crime. But it is believed that there is an informer within
the task force so Sophie has to tread very carefully. This latest case
will not only pose a threat to Sophie’s life, but it will pit her against
one of the most ruthless and calculated killers she has encountered.
THE KILLING HANDS doesn’t quite have the pace and suspense of P.D.
Martin’s previous books. Because Sophie is working with a gang task-force,
it is necessary for the author to give the reader an overview of the
structure and remit of the various agencies that investigate gang-related
crime in L.A. This does slow down the plot a little. However, Martin’s
usual thorough research and attention to detail do make for informative
In THE KILLING HANDS we meet Sophie’s parents who visit her and there is
an interesting development in her private life as well. But we will have
to wait for the next book to discover where that will take her. By doing
this Martin has deftly avoided one of the biggest pitfalls of a series: a
character who never moves on from where they started in book one.
P.D. Martin has become one of my favourite Australian crime fiction
writers and THE KILLING HANDS has done nothing to change my opinion.
Apr 2009 review, originally posted on Murder and Mayhem
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