Were you wondering what a jackdaw was? So was I, so I looked it up. A jackdaw is a bird belonging to the crow family. And if you want to discover the relevance of a jackdaw to the title of this crime novel, then you are going to have to read the book!
The Jackdaw was written by Luke Delaney a former Metropolitan Police Officer. Can I just continue by saying Luke Delaney is one of my favourite crime writers. Ever since his debut novel Cold Killing (2013) I have been hooked!
As you can expect from any competent crime writer Luke Delaney being no exception, The Jackdaw hooked me right from the first page! Without spoiling it for you too much the book opens with the first victim’s abduction and let’s just say his imprisonment is unpleasant and entirely against his will! His abductor is anonymous and is sinister in outlook! We get the sense that the outcome for his captive is not going to be favourable. Remember it is a crime novel!
And this is the plot of The Jackdaw; abductions followed by the threat of a sorry end. But before you think this is nothing really new for a crime novel here’s the thing: the victims are high flying city executive/banker types who profited during the banking crisis while everyone one else didn’t do so well! And the bad guy, The Jackdaw abducts his victims puts them on TV and wants the viewing public to cast a vote as to whether they should live or die. A kind of trail by a public jury. Is that original or what!
As this is not your run-of-the-mill crime it is going to take a extra special detective to solve it! Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan from the Special Investigations Team is just your man for the task!
DI Sean Corrigan
Now then, the main character that is Sean Corrigan is NOT the entire subject of this blog post. Suffice it to say that he is not your typical policeman and he employs unusual methods to solve crimes which are very often complex. He tends to use intuition and an internal dialogue that to the outsider would make him seem like a nutter! However, Sean Corrigan is relentless in the pursuit of his quarry even at the risk of ruining his marriage. And as if he hasn’t got enough to deal with, Corrigan is also under pressure from his superiors to solve the Jackdaw case as quickly as possible.
The Jackdaw is set in London, and as the writer Luke Delaney is a former police officer, as mentioned in my opening, you get a glimpse of the interior world of these public servants such as the rapport between officers and the disarray of a typical police incident room. This all has the effect of adding authenticity and deeper credibility which makes for excellent storytelling.
I didn’t find The Jackdaw had as much action in it as his previous DI Corrigan novels especially (Cold Killing and The Keeper) it was more like a psychological/thriller, with heaps of tension. However, it kept me absorbed to the last page and truly SAD when it was finished.
Naturally I am going to be reaching for the next book this excellent writer pens.
Ps: The Jackdaw is the 4th book of the DI Sean Corrigan Series.
Until next time, happy reading, S