Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents

Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents 

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

My Review

Warning: the subject matter of this book may be hard for some to handle. It is not graphic but there are enough details about the opening scene involving two children and rape that you get a good enough visual in your mind. Yet, the scene was there to help set up the rest of the story. It does not mean however that it was not still hard to read. Additionally, one of the main detectives is in a female relationship that does offer plenty of sex scenes as well. While, I thought the sex scenes were tasteful; I just did not really feel like they added to the story.

However, I did like Detective Taylor and her working partner, Marcus. They worked well together. Also, I liked the fact that they were smart cops. What I mean by this is that sometimes it seems that the killer is always several steps ahead and the sops are just barely stumbling behind. For a fan of police thrillers, I enjoyed this book a lot.

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About Lee Cockburn

Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.
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