The Survivor

by Sean Slater (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 978 0 85720 038 9

 

With the recent Oslo massacre still a fresh scar in our minds, this gunfire-fast novel could not be more topical. 

 

On his first day back from leave, Detective Jacob Striker encounters three shooters wearing hockey masks on a killing spree at his daughter’s high school. We’re not only reminded of the Norway attacks, but the ghosts of Columbine and South Africa’s own samurai sword killing schoolboy Morne Harmse.

 

In a race against time, Striker tries to get to investigate the killings, even though he comes up short on motives and suspects. The story takes the reader from the school halls to far darker and dangerous places.

 

If you’re a fan of police procedurals with added thrills, The Survivor won’t disappoint.

 

Sean Slater is the pseudonym for a Canadian cop who works the skids in Vancouver and this gives his first novel a raw authenticity. Jacob Striker promises to be a new protagonist to watch in an exciting new series. Only his partner, Felicia Santos, is a bit difficult to identify with as a reader.

 

Anthony Ehlers

4/5

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