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Dr Harrison Lane is an intriguing character with an unusual backstory. He has an air of mystery about him, he’s an unknown quantity, particularly to one member of the team who who takes any opportunity to try and belittle him, mainly because he doesn’t share many personal details and he utilises the tracking and survival skills he learned from his Native American stepfather. Skills which, combined with his training as a psychologist, have been more than successful in his chosen career. They will, he hopes, be as successful in his hunt for the person or persons who murdered his mother, as disturbing memories begin to surface.
An impressive man, with a well muscled physique which is often clad in motorbike leathers, Harrison has the ability to understand and empathise with other people’s emotions and respond accordingly.
Head of the Met’s Ritualistic Behavioural Crime Unit, Harrison is called in to assist DCI Barker’s team and assess a crime scene where the body of a young boy has been discovered.
It was why she’d requested Harrison Lane’s help. DCI Barker had worked with him before and knew his specialist knowledge would give them a head start. She’d been relieved when he’d said he was available. His reputation was spreading beyond the Met. Last she’d heard, he’d been helping the Manchester police with a particularly complicated case, and the team up there had made a series of arrests after getting nowhere formonths. While there were some who still steered clear of his slightly maverick ways, plenty of other knew his results spoke for themselves.
Rather than focussing on the conventional police work going on around him, Harrison ponders on the relevance of clues left at the crime scene and draws some immediate conclusions about the perpetrator. Then another boy disappears from the street while his parents’ attention was elsewhere for a moment. Harrison is aware, if it’s the same abductor, they haven’t much time to find the boy alive.
The plot is worked through well and the interaction between the diverse cast of characters holds the attention and is the driving force of the story. A great start to a new series and one I look forward to following.
Dr Harrison Lane is everything you wouldn’t expect from a man with a psychology doctorate. For victims, he’s everything they need.
They look, but they don’t see…
As Head of the Metropolitan Police’s Ritualistic Behavioural Crimes Unit, Dr Harrison Lane knows his Voodoo from his Aum Shinrikyo and a Satanist from a Shaman.
Harrison had an unusual childhood, raised by a bohemian mother and one of the native American Shadow Wolves – the elite tracking squad that works with US Drug enforcers. After his mother’s murder, he dedicated his life to tracking down those who hide behind spiritualism and religion to do evil.
Following the discovery of a missing boy’s body in what looks like a Satanic killing, Harrison is called in to help detectives. When a second boy is snatched, it becomes a race against time to save him, and sees Harrison come face-to-face with some dark secrets from his own childhood.