A Bustle in the Hedgerow

Ben Miller. Krac, $15.99 trade paper (440p) ISBN 978-1-494403-72-0
FBI agent Jack Byrne, the hero of Miller’s twisty cat-and-mouse thriller, has become a national celebrity after the publication of his book about his role in solving the high-profile murder of an NFL star’s daughter. Though Jack’s work for the Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resource Center has been fulfilling, he’s nonetheless tempted to enter politics after Senator Montgomery Johnson, the majority leader, asks him to run for a soon-to-be-vacant seat in Virginia. After a timely surprise meeting with President Harrison Sullivan, Jack agrees to do so. Meanwhile, there’s a series of murders that he would normally investigate. A sadist, who comes to be known as the Playground Predator, has taken the lives of two nine-year-old girls, leaving cryptic notes on the bodies written in Serbian and Thai. Sections from the perspective of the murderer ratchet up the tension en route to a nail-biting climax. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 05/29/2017
Release date: 09/01/2013
Genre: Fiction
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