My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 4 days
Pages - 396
Publisher - Harper Collins
Source - Bought
Blurb from Goodreads
From the No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta Steel
Sergeant Roberta Steel has recently been demoted after being caught fitting up a suspect. The trouble is, the man she got sent down has had his sentence quashed now he’s back on the streets. And women are being attacked again. But if DS Steel goes anywhere near him his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.
The Powers That Be won’t listen to her not after what happened last time. Besides, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy perhaps she should focus on solving them instead of harassing an innocent man?
But Steel knows he’s guilty and the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?
DS Steel lost her title after being exposed of setting up a criminal. Doesn't matter he is a filthy rapist and guilty of sin but not of what she set him up for. Now he is out and women are being attacked again, Steel has to leave him be or be seen as harassing him but when did Steel ever do as she was told.
A wee standalone for Steel with the tiniest cameo of Logan, we see the team working along together to solve cases. The sweary Scottish banter we have come to know and love from MacBride over the years well the police are trying to use some other words to replace the swearies.
Steel is one of those characters you can't help but route for because even when she is in the wrong he heart or morals are still in the right place. She is a good woman with a sailors gob on her and often goes about things the wrong way but with her heart in the right place. I enjoyed it, action, banter, good vs bad, 4 stars for me this time. If you haven't read any of the previous books you can totally get away with picking this up and starting with this one!