The Crocodile & The Slaughter Man

The Crocodile is the first in a series for me.  It is Italian Noir and certainly lives up to the darkness of the noir genre.  There is a sense of hopelessness that permeates the book and the detective, Inspector Lojacono’s, life.  The crimes seemed senseless as they went on until they were finally tied together at the end.   I found the sense of place really well done but I was not as pulled in by the detective.  The writing and the story line were both good, I am on the fence as to whether I will read another or not.

The Slaughter Man is the second in Tony Parson’s series after The Murder Bag, which I did enjoy.  This was well done and kept me guessing pretty far along in the book.    Quite a few red herrings and assumptions made with connections to a prior case.  Well written and thrillingly paced with great tension.  This is a series I am really enjoying.  Just a quick warning, the case does involve child abuse/trafficking and might be disturbing for some readers.

 

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