A serial killer active on pageants throughout several US states. A brutal murderer on the loose, seeking a bloody revenge on ex-cop, now PI, Delaney. Will he survive?
You can love them or hate them, there are tantrums and tears, but you have got to agree that pageants for children should not be the facility for murder.. However, that has changed for the worse. A serial killer is out there, targeting little children. The Police have no idea how to catch this child murderer, active in more than one state. Where will he strike next? Will the Police have enough manpower to hunt down the serial killer? One man can help: ex-cop, now PI, Vincent Delaney. If that were all Delaney has on his mind …
A child is murdered at a pageant. A vicious serial killer, Julian Boutte, murders the FBI agents in his safe house and is on the loose again. Seven years ago, a man killed his brother and now he has one thing on his mind: revenge. A bloody, excruciatingly painful revenge on the man responsible: Vincent Delaney. Then he was a cop but killing Boutte’s brother was just the pretext the NOPD (New Orleans Police Department) needed to kick him out. Julian Boutte was imprisoned and Delaney’s future, both personal and professional, was shattered. Since he has started his own PI agency, but with little success. Now, Delaney knows his life will again be on hold but this time, he will be prepared. He realises that he cannot jeopardise any more lives, that he cannot let others be tortured for his sake by this sick killer, Boutte. He has no idea what Boutte has planned or even whether he will survive…
As if Delaney has not enough to be concerned about, there are more worrying things going on within the NOPD – but, then again, they need him now. A child murderer is active in several Southern American states, leaving not a shred of evidence behind. Where the killer appears and who is chosen seems to be entirely random – no pattern to be established or recognised. No wonder the FBI is involved but one man is in a unique position to work from the inside and yes, that man is Vincent Delaney, whose niece is a contestant in pageants. At first, Delaney is furious that his old mate and good friend Danny Fitzpatrick (still with the NOPD) has ‘trapped’ him, so it feels. But can you refuse to help catch a serial killer who targets children? If Delaney does not co-operate – what are the chances his own niece will be the next victim? He has no choice and he knows it. With children’s lives at stake, with trouble within the NOPD and the vicious murderer Boutte out there, Delaney has his hands more than full..
I loved this first instalment in the Delaney series! Owen Mullen has created a likeable, stubborn, ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ character with whom I instantly empathised. Vincent Delaney is simply unique, he does not care about the opinions of others, he sings and plays the harp (as well as the guitar) for his dog Lowell without regard for conventions. Owen Mullen’s writing style is entertaining and captivating, he draws you completely into the story that contains multiple plotlines. The author cunningly weaves the action with stories about ordinary people in their ordinary lives, in some way connected to the thriller’s main plotline. That leaves us with many angles and characters, almost impossible to capture them all in a review. With ‘And So It Began’ Owen Mullen has created an interesting and engrossing thriller, an exciting start to the Delaney series. I cannot wait for the next one!
About the Author
When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London, led a life full of travelling and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, he had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands. The first story he wrote after all those years he classifies as “bloody terrible“. Nevertheless, he kept going. And with success. His moral: “find something you’re good at and stick with it. ”
|Publisher||Bloodhound Books (5 Oct. 2017)|