Judas Horse, Lynda La Plante

Judas Horse opening line: The Cleveland Nature Reserve was a cluster of lakes situated between Cirencester to the north and Swindon to the south.

My blurb:

Detective Jack Warr is good at his job. But he doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Even if they are his superiors. Jack is not interested in the politics and ego’s involved in policing. He just wants to catch criminals. And he uses a unique approach to do so. Even if he blurs the lines a little bit. Charlotte Miles is about to become his next Judas Horse, but can he stop her from betraying him?

Judas Horse

‘Do you know what a Judas Horse is? When the wild mustangs are running free, you corral one and train it. When he’s ready, you release him and he’ll bring his team back into the corral – like Judas betraying them…’

Violent burglars have been terrorising residents across the English countryside. But when a mutilated body is discovered in a Cotswolds house, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary group of opportunist thieves.

As Detective Jack Warr investigates, he discovers locals with dark secrets, unearths hidden crimes – and hits countless dead ends. With few leads and the violent attacks escalating, he will have to act as audaciously as the criminals if he hopes to stop them.

When Warr meets Charlotte Miles, a terrified woman with links to the group, he must use her to lure the unsuspecting killers into one last job, and into his trap. But with the law already stretched to breaking point, any failure will be on Warr’s head – and any more blood spilled, on his hands…

My verdict:

I enjoyed following how Jack used his mind to get to his end result. Lynda La Plante has delivered another good read.

Publishing information:
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781785769818
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
On sale: May 2021
Format: Paperback

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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