Untainted Blood By Liz Mistry

Ccontinuing DI Gus McGuire's epic journey. 

this is the Third in the series. I recommend reading them in order

Unquiet Souls

Uncoiled Lies

 

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election. However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.  Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.  As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.  Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?  DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.

 Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.

 As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.

 Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

 DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

D.I. Gus McQuire is back, he is still battered and reeling from his last case. 

Untainted Blood has many political themes that are current, running throughout and it leaves me disheartened to knowing the reality isn't far from the fiction, or actually is worse. 

Liz delivers the storylines with immense insight without it being too dry or at the cost of entertaining us, by being too flippant.

The story left a sleazy feel of greasiness to it, like you had touched something dirty that made you flinch.

Within this Gus and his team work together in a positive way that had you routing for them to get the case solved with minimal damage to all involved.

Gus is fast becoming one of my favourite characters and we journey with his battles throughout. Mistry, gives Gus humanity and fragility, without undermining the threads in the storylines. I would love to spend a day with this character and his family, but maybe with a take-away for dinner!

Untainted Blood was perfectly pitched without compromise, or being overly dramatic, but tension fuelled to the last.