Blind Justice (DS McAvoy 10) by David Mark

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Blind Justice (DS McAvoy 10) by David Mark

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Category: Crime
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: David Mark says that his world his dark and grimy - Aector McAvoy's world certainly is and it's violent too. A very readable whodunnit.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 240 Date: March 2022
Publisher: Severn House
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0727850546

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Acting DI Aector McAvoy hadn't even had time for breakfast when the call came through. A body had been found in the roots of a fallen tree at Brantingham, near Hull. When he gets to the scene, he will find what greets him is even worse than he could have imagined. A young man's corpse is entangled with the roots of a newly-fallen tree – the roots have grown through him – and two silver Roman coins have been nailed through his eyes. It would seem that this was done whilst the man was still alive. McAvoy makes a promise to the victim: I will find answers. You will know justice. But justice always comes at a cost and this time the cost might be to McAvoy's own family.

If you've followed the series from the start, you'll know the three main characters: Aector you've already met. Roisin is his wife. By birth, she's a traveller and she has a different way of thinking about life. McAvoy values her insights into his cases and regularly shares with her more than he ought. Supt Trish Pharaoh is his boss – and a family friend. She has an unusual way of looking at things too and her bosses would not necessarily be sorry to see the back of her. You almost feel sorry for McAvoy, trapped between two such strong woman. Almost.

If you're faint of heart (or stomach), this might not be the book for you. Some of the descriptions are most kindly described as graphic and even McAvoy begins to wonder if this is really what he wants to do with his life. He could be running the family croft in Skye which would be better for him and his family. His son's suffering from what looks like PTSD. He's sure Roisin would be happier. But first, he's got to solve this case which is simpler for the reader that the police as we have the benefit of flashbacks which give us strong hints. It's a book that's more about the how than the who. If you're happy with the descriptions of brutality then you can add at least a half star to the four I've delivered.

I'd like to thank the publishers for letting Bookbag have a review copy.

David Mark's DS McAvoy Novels in Chronological Order

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