Review: Crucifixion Creek by Barry Maitland

CrucCrucifixion Creek is a rollicking Sydney-based crime novel by Barry Maitland, starring lone wolf detective Harry Belltree; a cop in the mould of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch.

Still haunted by the suspicious car accident that killed his parents and left his wife blinded, Belltree is faced with another family crisis when his brother-in-law, Greg, is stabbed to death. Forced off the case because of his personal connection, Belltree goes off-grid and discovers Greg’s death is connected to several others; and that each victim had ties to shady forces within the highest echelons of the state government. Fuelled more by the desire for vengeance rather than a desire to expose the truth, Harry breaks all the rules as he goes to war with his opponents.

Crucifixion Creek is a rip-roaring, action-packed read; the kind perfect for an airplane, or a day at the beach, when page-turnability is essential. Its raw pace comes at a cost, however: the characters are facsimiles with little depth, and the plot surges forward on coincidence rather than ingenuity. That said, Crucifixion Creek is merely the first of a trilogy, and it’s reasonable to assume that complexity and emotional resonance will come as Harry Belltree’s story continues.

This isn’t vintage crime fiction, but it packs plenty of pulse-pounding excitement to keep you up way past bedtime. Bring on the sequel!

ISBN: 9781925240658
Format: Paperback  (198mm x 128mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: Australia

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