Taken for Dead by Graham Masterton (Katie Maguire: Book 4)

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

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The Storyline

Taken for Dead by Graham Masterton courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire of An Garda Síochána in Cork, Ireland, has dealt with a lot recently, and now she is dealing with a group of viscous and brutal thugs calling themselves The High Kings of Erin. This group kidnaps and tortures its victims; those they believe have caused their country damage, in the name of Ireland, and always seem to be one step ahead of her. Is there a mole in the force? Corruption isn’t new to her sadly, along with the politics that goes with the job.

And then there is her personal life, and the handsome new neighbour next door who may, or may not, be an abuser of his wife? And yet she is strangely attracted to him.

Her life is about to get more complicated and high pressured than it ever was…

The Review

I am writing this review long after I have read it, thinking I had already done so and quickly whizzed through it to remind me of the storyline.

The fourth in the Katie Maguire series by Graham Masterton, sees her up against a formidable group of sadistic torturers that she knows she must catch quickly. Along with her complicated personal life, she’s a character, that if real, would probably have had a mental breakdown by now, especially after all the horrors she has witnessed and the pain she has gone through in her personal life.

But this is fiction, and we like our heroes to be an almost unstoppable force of nature, always winning out the day, their foes vanquished, and this is exactly what Katie does. It’s not about the crimes as such, nor the corruption and chaos around her, but how she gets through the day and week. She is someone who we would like in real life to deal with the criminals of the world.

She is not without her faults of course, indeed, often making mistakes and not seeing what’s right in front of her, much to the frustration of the reader, but that makes her human and real to me, not just some character in a book. And that’s what I like about her and this series. If we wanted something real, we’d read a true crime book.

I won’t be giving up on this series any time soon and will relish each new investigation of Katie Maguire’s and her team. They are highly recommend, especially if you don’t mid graphic violence and sexual scenes. Definitely for adults I’d say.

As ever, support your local library, and please buy from book shops, especially independent ones if you can, otherwise this is available from all good retailers everywhere.

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