I am a bit miffed as I loved Severed, book 10 of the Jason Smith series, my first introduction to this wonderful author and his lead character. Somehow I missed book 11! And based on the impact it has on events in this book Deadeye, it must have been another stunning read!
Anyway, back to book 12, Deadeye.
Smith has been overlooked for promotion after incidents in the last book and now Superintendent Smyth has brought in his nephew for the DI position at the head of the team. They are investifating a series of murders committed by a skilled marksman, probably a sniper with army experience. We see flashback chapters to army life from years earlier which gives clues to the culprit but I never guessed!
Smith’s personal life has derailed after a one night stand with his colleague Baldwin in the last book, wrecking the trust in his marriage to Whitton. Surprisingly, this has not affected the working relationship between the three police characters, and all of the periphery characters (as well as us as readers) want the couple to get back together!
The plot is fast paced and the chapters are short and focused to keep the momentum going. This is the style I like to read as I can fit a few chapters in between work, chores and playing with the kids, and it is too tempting to keep reading when I should be going to sleep!
This was a hugely enjoyable crime thriller/police procedure novel. Once again, author Stewart Giles had really carefully balanced the personal and professional life of Jason Smith so that we care about him and his relationships whilst also admire his skills as a detective. There was one little exchange about the reality of policing compared to novels, and I thought this was a brilliant self-reflexive point that made me smile…
DEADEYE, Detective Jason Smith book 12
From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.
When a man is shot dead in a park not far from where Detective Jason Smith lives, Smith takes it personally.
The man was killed in a precise and cold manner.
Then, when another victim turns up – also killed with absolute precision, Smith realizes he’s on the trail of a killer who will stop at nothing.
Fighting against his team, Smith will have to dig harder than he’s ever dug before to stop the worst killer York has ever seen.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures. However, he does get results.
BOOKS BY STEWART GILES
DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 9 – Venom
Book 10 – Severed
Book 11 – Demons
Book 12 – Deadeye
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3
DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone