Dust and Desire: A Joel Sorrell Novel

Conrad Williams. Titan (titanbooks.com), $12.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-78329-563-0
In Williams’s highly effective series launch, a serial killer thriller set in and around London, the mysterious Kara Geenan hires PI Joel Sorrell to locate her 18-year-old brother, Jason Pythian. “She was crazier than a purse full of whelks,” Sorrell observes, illustrating his pithy Chandlerisms, which require a command of British slang to fully decode. Sorrell, an ex-cop whose only companion is his cat, is tormented both by the vicious murder of his wife, Rebecca, three years earlier and the subsequent disappearance of his 13-year-old daughter, Sarah. After Sorrell endures a frightful beating, he tries to untangle an array of corpses that somehow are connected to the case of the missing Jason. Williams (The Unblemished) expertly limns Sorrell’s self-destructive tendencies in his bitter asides, but the book’s greatest strength is its portrait of Wire, the young serial killer whose horrible childhood ultimately sets him on his monstrous path. The suspenseful face-off between Sorrell and Wire carries an unexpected charge of pathos. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/07/2015
Release date: 11/03/2015
Genre: Fiction
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