Author(s): Ben Sanders
Friday rush hour, Auckland city. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He's not complaining - his Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. It's a homicide that leaves police with no initial suspects and no apparent motive. Devereaux's former colleague, John Hale, is in no position to help. Hale is on his own pursuit of darkness, made all the more sinister by a dogged senior police officer determined to engineer his ruin. Together the two men hunt for the truth from those that pursue self-gain by any means.
This is my first foray into Kiwi crime-writer Ben Sanders, and I'm very glad I did. Sean Deveraux is an inscrutable Auckland detective who catches the case of a bus driver, gunned down in the middle of rush hour. Also on his plate are the murders of a mother and daughter in their North Shore mansion, and a burnt out car containing three bodies, discovered in South Auckland. Meanwhile, Deveraux's ex-partner John Hale, now retired from the police force and working as a PI, witnesses a woman kidnapped from a K Rd bar. These crimes, at first all seemingly random, intersect and throw Deveraux and Hale back together in a violent and very satisfying conclusion. Excellent home-grown crime, well worth a read, especially if you've spent any time at all driving around Auckland. - Lucy
Mr Sanders is an Auckland based crime writer and his character Sean Devereaux is an Auckland detective sergeant. This is great crime writing and it is good to be able relate it to places that you know. If you enjoy crime, I’d highly recommend it. I now need to read Vanda Symon whose police character is based in Otago. - Peter
Shortlisted for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2012.
Ben Sanders is a 21-year-old university student who lives on Auckland's North Shore. He has been a keen writer since his early teens and his debut novel, The Fallen, was published to high acclaim in 2010. This is his second Sean Devereaux novel.