Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Fires of Hate - Heather Peck


 After a successful day in court, Greg Geldard is hoping to clear up some routine cases. Then a government laboratory receives a mysterious threat, a terrorist attack precipitates a multi-agency emergency response and his investigations are seriously compromised by interference from the security service.

The enquiries lead down dangerous paths, with both Greg and someone he cares for put at risk, before he runs the perpetrators to ground. Then he's posed an ethical conundrum in court. Can hate ever be wholly sane?

 As you can see from the front cover, this is the 3rd in Peck's Greg Geldard series but it can be read as a stand alone (although there are moments that hark back to things that occurred in the earlier books).

 As it starts Geldard is in a fairly good place but that doesn't last very long at all. Soon a government lab is threatened by animal rights activists and it gets very dark, very quickly. It brought back a lot of memories for me of when this seemed a more regular occurrence than it seems to be now. Animal cruelty is something that bothers me a lot and so, yeah, it did make me feel uneasy at times but the story was good enough to keep me reading. And I'll be going for the rest of the series soon.

 Geldard as a character appealed to me a lot, and looking at the synopses (synopsi?) of the previous novels this isn't the only really disturbing case he's had but surely they can't come tougher l in future? (oh, but they will won't they - and I'll be there for them too.

 So, in short, a good crime novel with ethical questions but also, possible triggers for some people. Not an easy read at times but also not easy to put down once you get going.

Thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for inviting me onto this tour (and apologies for posting a day late). Please have a look at the posts by the other bloggers on the tour (below)

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