Sep 02, 13
4 of 5 stars
Read from August 11 to September 01, 2013
In his first novel to feature Detective Dan Brennan, Adelaide's own Reece Pocock draws inspiration from true crimes in the city's recent past and weaves them into a complex patchwork. His set pieces are vivid and frequent, recalling those of David Fincher's film se7en and and the BBC television adaptation of Boris Starling's Messiah, and the rapid fire pace of his story leaves little time to draw breath. Short chapters compel you to turn the pages and, while the book is best read quickly, it will linger in your mind long after you've finished it.
Although improbable, the resolution is not implausible and gives the reader plenty of scope to ponder its implications. Pocock has put in a lot of time and effort researching its legal aspects, yet he doesn't let them slow down his plot or impede his yarn-spinning abilities.
Dan, Mac, Narelle and the rest of the characters have potential in spades, with enough back story sprinkled throughout to suggest many more adventures, and consequences, in their shared future. I look forward to reading more about them.
Review by: David Kilner on Aug. 13, 2013 :
Murder on Display (MOD) is cast in the traditional mode of the police procedural and obeys the rules of this mode intelligently. Detective Sergeant Dan Brennan is faced with a series of gruesome murders which involve both male and female victims, although the manner of the murders and the resulting displays vary between the sexes. As a procedural, MOD works well. Pocock clearly understands the rules and limits of police investigation and applies them consistently. The twist occurs when Brennan's tragic personal history distorts his capacity to engage in effective and objective police work and part of the enjoyment of the book is seeing how he ultimately reins in his personal agendas and triumphs. Family and relationship issues are well handled and become part of the plot. Readers familiar with South Australia's criminal past should not allow themselves to become obsessed with the apparent reference to the so-called Family Murders of the 1980s. The reason for their intrusion will become clear in time.
Although Pocock has used an explanation for the murderer's behaviour which is not original, he has incorporated this in a fresh manner.
I look forward to the next episode of what will undoubtedly become a series with Dan Brennan and his sidekick Mac McLean.
By scott on July 10, 2013Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed "Murder on Display." It had a slow start, but once one of the main characters became compromised, it became very exciting and I could not wait to read more. The last several chapters had me wondering what was going to happen, and I would actually think about it between readings.
I did not see any grammatical errors, and I liked the length of the chapters.
I liked the way all of the characters were developed. The antagonists, like "Pritchard", were easy to dislike. He seemed conceited and childish, especially around Brennan, who made him feel self conscious and weary of having his past uncovered.
I also liked Brennan with his tough cop demeanor. I enjoy crime drama on television, and this was an engaging drama. Unlike a tv drama, a book has much more time for character development. Brennan's haunting past was a great sub - plot. His fear of relationships was understandable and realistic.
I also liked Narelle and her loyalty to her dad, even if he wasn't the father he or she wanted him to be. Inviting Narelle into the story was a great way to develop Dan's character, to see a softer, more personal side to his tough cop profile. I really liked the nurturing way Narelle engaged Dan; it was like their years apart never happened. Chad was also a good, if brief , addition.
The twist that found Tobias as the villain, and then as a split personality, was an intriguing surprise to me. I really did not know who it was going to be, and never guessed Tobias.
The capture of Narelle was perhaps a little cliché, but still developed very well and it kept me engaged.
Yes, I would purchase another book involving these characters. Good book.