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A Dark Redemption

by Stav Sherez

A Dark Redemption
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    Jun 2013, 448 pages

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A Dark Redemption introduces DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller as they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Ugandan student. Plunged into an underworld of illegal immigrant communities, they discover that the murdered girl's studies at a London College may have threatened to reveal things that some people will go to any lengths to keep secret...Unflinching, inventive and intelligent, A Dark Redemption explores a sinister case that will force DI Carrigan to face up to his past and DS Miller to confront what path she wants her future to follow.

Back Then . . .

They came more often now, the headaches. Raging storms within his skull, crippling pain, flashes of light. There was nothing to do but shut his eyes and lie back, let the pain and visions take over.

Memories and flashbacks trailed the headaches. Jack would close his eyes and see blue sky, green jungle, red road. He would try to watch the trees outside his window divesting themselves of leaves, the slow spinning fall of September, but instead he saw the leaves of the jungle, leaves so big you could sit inside them and be wholly encased, leaves which vibrated and twitched and reacted to your presence as if sentient beings. They'd arrived in the middle of a heat wave. David buckled as he exited the plane, feet planted on the stairway, the sun leaching all colour and breath from his face. He stood there and took in the burned yellow country in front of him then turned back into the plane as if the pilot had made a mistake‚ but Jack was right ...

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I have done my share of deep and heavy reading this summer, so it was a great pleasure to read a crime fiction novel by an author new to me. Not that A Dark Redemption wasn’t deep and sometimes heavy, but it is an ideal read for the end of summer: entertaining, compelling, yet addressing issues that stay with us as we return from the beach or vacation.   (Reviewed by Judy Krueger).

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The action builds to a jaw-dropping resolution. Readers will want to see more of this convincingly flawed hero.

The Times (UK)

A superior novel, well written and plotted, with a convincing backdrop about a continent that rarely features in crime fiction.

The Guardian (UK)

Fast paced and slick, this is the first in what could well be an outstanding series.

The Daily Mirror (UK)

A Dark Redemption is a clever, multi-layered beginning to a promising new series ... Sherez does a masterful job with a particularity haunting plot.

The Literary Review (UK)

This intriguing and well-written thriller is highly original ... Sherez ventures into a part of London that crime fiction readers probably never see. A salutary read, highly recommended.

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Nomatter

Disappointing, Stereotypical
Kampala is a beautiful city and many Ugandans are good people. But neither city, country nor people are given any worth. Most Ugandans are portrayed in an insulting way. The acknowledgments don't include any native Ugandan sources. Did the author ...   Read More

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Stav Sherez

Stav Sherez is the author of four books of crime fiction. He was born and raised in London and has persevered with his lifelong ambition to write novels despite the challenges found in the book business today. In his case this meant facing multiple rejections until he found the right agent and publisher.

Stav SherezHis official author bio is one of the shortest around and after much searching I found out why. He wanted it that way. In a 2005 interview with book dealer Adam Smith, Sherez fleshes out his life history, just a bit. "(O)kay: grew up in London, Latymer Upper School, several girlfriends, a car, the usual teenage stuff then Art History degree from the university of Leeds. The usual jobs for a while; record shops and bookshops. Worked for ...

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