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Review: The Burning By Jane Casey

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First, to get this out there, I love British police procedurals. They are normally crisp, compelling and well written. The Burning is a premier example of the best the genre has to offer. Written from the viewpoint of Detective Constable (DC) Maeve Kerrigan, the story focuses on the hunt for “The Burning Man” a serial killer terrorizing London. His crimes are horrific, and no young woman is safe. There have been four murders committed which can obviously be credited to the killer – but now a fifth murder has been committed. And Maeve questions whether this particular killing shouldn’t be attributed to a copy-cat killer.

Maeve is an extremely likable heroine. She takes serious verbal abuse from her so-called colleagues as they make sexual and misogynist comments about her work style. Abuse that she handles with dignity – even when it comes from her own partner. As the story evolves Maeve becomes more and more involved with the fifth killing, following a trail of murder, drugs, deceit and violence that goes back several years to the victim’s college days. Maeve is smart without being omniscient, funny and serious by turns, and is willing to put herself on the line for what she knows is right and true.

Filled by turns with violence and heartbreak, deceit and deep sociopathy, The Burning is a must read for anyone interested in police procedurals, thrillers and suspense novels, with a very light dose of romance to round things out.

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All comments and thoughts are my own.

Review: STREET CHILD: A Memoir by Justin Reed Early

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What breed are we, what nightmare, what disgrace, that humans can treat children in this manner? Like offal, throwaway to be tortured, abused, and thrown aside like garbage.

STREET CHILD: A Memoir
Justin Reed Early
4.7 Stars (50 Reviews)
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs | Children’s eBooks | Religion & Spirituality | Self-Help

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“The books the world calls immoral, are books that show the world its own shame.” Oscar Wilde

“Street Child is not for the faint of heart…” – Nicole Broduer, THE SEATTLE TIMES (Article)

Street Child is the true story of a young boy who runs away from his increasingly dysfunctional and violent family. Placed into state custody at ten years old, his journey in foster care and survival takes many drastic turns until he finds safety with similar peers on the seedy streets of Seattle and San Francisco. While dodging serial killers (Green River Killer) and pedophiles, including a juvenile court judge who oversees his custody, these children develop credulous bonds while trying to protect each other amidst the increasingly dangerous elements.

Author Justin Reed Early takes you on a journey into a life where children become victims and victims become criminals. He brings intimate clarity to real life characters through authentic interactions with frequent devastating outcomes.

Many of the children in Street Child, including the author were featured in the documentary STREETWISE, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Street Child is a journey no child should ever endure.

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