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Deadly Justice by OMJ Ryan
Series: Detective Jane Phillips #9
Published by Inkubator Books on March 12, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
The strangled body of Sir Walter Venables, a retired Crown Court Judge, is discovered in his Cheshire mansion.
When DCI Jane Phillips and the Major Crimes team are called to investigate, they discover that Venables sent hundreds of violent criminals to prison over the years.
Meaning the list of people who might want him dead reads like a who’s who of Manchester’s dark underworld.
Then a second body turns up. Former Chief Constable Jack Todd, killed in exactly the same way. A mysterious figure is seen on CCTV at both crime scenes. It’s clear that someone is targeting members of the justice system.
As Phillips and the team race to identify the killer, they discover something truly shocking: a web of sex, drugs and corruption that pervades the city’s legal system, threatening to destroy the very institution they represent.
There is a new case in the Detective Jane Phillips series. It’s high profile so the pressure from the demanding Chief Constable Fox is intense. I really hate the way Fox makes her spend so much time on meetings and politics when really that is her boss’ role; hers is to solve the case. Her immediate boss, Carter is a saint for all he puts up with being in the middle.
The retired judge, retired chief constable, and then more are killed. The first two killings seem like they could be about someone innocent who was convicted and now is out of prison. Jane and her team track down all leads but don’t seem to have any good leads or suspects.
Fox has also forbidden her to talk to a reporter Don Townsend. Jane abides by that order, until he has information for her. Apparently the judge and constable were tight and decided who they wanted to go down, reveling in their power in a time before the Internet and forensics were as well developed.
Jane’s relationship with Adam is there, but more in the background with this high profile case. The team also still has a mole in the background giving out withheld information. I really enjoyed the high level stakes of the case. Jane and her team do track down the killer and figure it out, but there is a clear case for the future on the horizon with the corruption on the force. I really hope we get that story in the future.
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