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British police procedural with a surprise ending

Death in Profile - Guy Fraser-Sampson



Taking place near where I used to live (so I understand all the geographical references), this novel is swift-moving about a serial rapist and killer operating in the North London area.


Tom Allen is taken off the case after 18 months of lack of success but keeps involved despite orders from above. The case takes many twists and turns and I thought that I could predict who the killer was from about hallway through: how wrong I was! The ending comes as a complete surprise and works well.


Relatively short (a good thing), the plot is engaging and well-written: I felt that a strange twist just after halfway through the book when an important character suffers a breakdown was unnecessary but others may appreciate its eccentricity.