Thursday, July 17, 2008

Orbus Terrarum

This is part of the Orbus Terrarum challenge; McCullough is from Australia :)

On, Off by Colleen McCullough

It's 1965, and the torsos of young girls have started showing up. They're all about 16, mixed-race girls from close, loving families. This is a time before profiling, before the phrase serial killer has been coined and requires some painstaking work to get to the bottom of it.
That is the job of police detective Carmine Delmonico, who finds himself dealing with an entirely new kind of killer, and he realises he's stumbling around in the dark a lot of the time as he tries to figure out the why of what's happening.
I've read some of the reviews on Amazon that were pretty condemning, but I really liked On, Off. I liked the way it laid the groundwork for Delmonico as he works out how to find this new kind of killer, and the reveal wasn't a big "boom" but a logical progression. Not to say there wasn't a boom _ there was, right at the end of the book.

It was easy to read, and refreshing, quite frankly, to read a detective novel that didn't throw a male/female team together who start out hating each other yadda yadda yadda ....
Delmonico is a likable leading man and I'd be happy if there were a whole series of books featuring him.

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