Luther: The Calling
Neil Cross
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Luther: The Calling
Neil Cross
368 pages
August 2013
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Luther is the kind of detective you definitely want on your side if a crime has been committed. He is brilliant, intense, totally dedicated and won't give up until the criminal has been brought to justice. These same qualities make the people around him nervous. His wife, Zoe, worries about his health and stress levels, and their marriage isn't good these days. His commander worries about what Luther will do to bring justice and which day he steps over the line might be his last.

London needs Luther's skills badly in the newest case. A man is targeting perfect families: he wants a child of his own and is convinced a child from a perfect family is the best bet. There are a series of home invasions in which he takes the child and leaves the entire family behind dead. He calls radio stations, taunting the police with his intelligence and skills. His latest target is eleven-year-old Mia. He has her, but as the net tightens around him, he threatens to kill her rather than lose his freedom. Can Luther and the rest of his squad find her before time runs out?

Fans of the BBC America TV series Luther will be thrilled to see that Neil Cross has brought his creation to the printed page. The reader is taken inside the police investigation and the nerve-ratcheting suspense that a major investigation creates. They are also taken into Luther's life and learn what it is to be the best in a job that slowly ruins everything you love. The pace is heart-stopping, and the reader can't help but cheer on this tormented man who is the best at what he does. This book is recommended for mystery lovers. Neil Cross is at the top of the mystery game, and readers will wait impatiently for the next novel about Luther.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Sandie Kirkland, 2013

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