Chase the Devil by Andrew Lowe [8/10]

Andrew Lowe’s compelling English mystery series, featuring Detective Inspector Jake Sawyer, has been one of the features of my reading over the past two years (reviews of The Dying Light and of Pray for Rain). In “Chase the Devil,” his fifth outing, Sawyer finds himself suspended from his beloved police force, battling with wrenching psychological ghosts, and dealing with decisions of the past. When a woman asks him to investigate an old case of her son’s disappearance, Sawyer employs his uncommon skills to help, only to find that the past and present come to a head. The author is a punchy stylist adept at maintaining pace, his dialogue snaps and delights, and the cast of regular characters from the series is vibrant. Rest assured, any book in this series is destined to be a one-night read. A wonderful mystery and a wonderful novel.

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