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The Devil's Feather (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Minette Walters

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Title:The Devil's Feather (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Minette Walters
Info:Vintage (2007), Paperback, 368 pages
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Tags:pima county public library, pcpl, mystery, Connie Burns, suspense, serial killer

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The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters (2005)

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Crisp writing, well drawn characters and suspenseful plot line, though there are a few cliques, though to name them would be a spoiler. Premise is that a 30-something Reuters reporter, Connie Burns, has gone to ground somewhere in Dorset after she was abducted in Baghdad. She refuses to answer press questions and, in some cases, just doesn't know the answer. Question- is her abduction related questions about at spree of rapes and murders in the war torn aftermaths in various African civil wars. She has put it out that these murders are not part of the mob violence that was part of the wars, but the act of a foreign mercenary. She finds a a peaceful English village in which she hopes she can lie low There she makes friends with Jess, the village eccentric, a rough spoken woman with rumors buzzing around her like flies. And then there is the youngish doctor who may or may not be involved with Jess. Or may or may not be involved with the landlord's grasping daughter.
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  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Crisp writing, well drawn characters and suspenseful plot line, though there are a few cliques, though to name them would be a spoiler. Premise is that a 30-something Reuters reporter, Connie Burns, has gone to ground somewhere in Dorset after she was abducted in Baghdad. She refuses to answer press questions and, in some cases, just doesn't know the answer. Question- is her abduction related questions about at spree of rapes and murders in the war torn aftermaths in various African civil wars. She has put it out that these murders are not part of the mob violence that was part of the wars, but the act of a foreign mercenary. She finds a a peaceful English village in which she hopes she can lie low There she makes friends with Jess, the village eccentric, a rough spoken woman with rumors buzzing around her like flies. And then there is the youngish doctor who may or may not be involved with Jess. Or may or may not be involved with the landlord's grasping daughter.
Or.... ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Crisp writing, well drawn characters and suspenseful plot line, though there are a few cliques, though to name them would be a spoiler. Premise is that a 30-something Reuters reporter, Connie Burns, has gone to ground somewhere in Dorset after she was abducted in Baghdad. She refuses to answer press questions and, in some cases, just doesn't know the answer. Question- is her abduction related questions about at spree of rapes and murders in the war torn aftermaths in various African civil wars. She has put it out that these murders are not part of the mob violence that was part of the wars, but the act of a foreign mercenary. She finds a a peaceful English village in which she hopes she can lie low There she makes friends with Jess, the village eccentric, a rough spoken woman with rumors buzzing around her like flies. And then there is the youngish doctor who may or may not be involved with Jess. Or may or may not be involved with the landlord's grasping daughter.
Or.... ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
This book is described as ‘electrifying’, I can’t really agree with that. It moved along rather slowly, more character development then plot, a side plot that was detracting and unnecessary and an unsatisfying ending. Connie states she doesn’t remember exactly what happened, but her statements (Her mother mentions a conversation Connie had with her father, one you never heard of till then) make you wonder if that is true and as the reader, I was left with more questions then answers. For a true crime book, that is often the case, when I read a novel, I like more answers and less questions. I would hesitate before reading another of her books. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
First I was a little bit confused because this story was starting in Africa some years earlier when a young lady got abused by an evil one. Therefore she was looking for him to take revenge. She was following his track of murderous violence because he always was killing prostitutes in the same way. When she was back in England she didn't report her abuse directly but was working in one way or the other one with a detective. Finally the rapist found her but because there was also a sideline of evile activities in the extended family nobody is really concerned what had happened with the rapist who was found dead in the sea. ( )
  Ameise1 | Oct 13, 2014 |
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«Djevelens fjær» (et tyrkisk begrep som betegner kvinner som ubevisst vekker en manns begjær) utvikler seg ganske annerledes enn forventet - den legger opp til å bli en paranoid og klaustrofobisk psykothriller, hadde det ikke vært for at Walters foretar en del vendinger underveis som snur opp ned på det inntrykket. Et parti blir såpass rotete at det knapt kan kalles vellykket, men i det store og hele er dette en av Walters' bedre bøker.
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'The secret of happiness is freedom; the secret of freedom, courage'
~ Thucydides (Greek historian, 5th century BC)
Devil's Feather (derivation Turkish) - a woman who stirs a man's interest without realizing it; the unwitting cause of sexual arousal
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To Mick, Peggy and Liz
for all the good times we've had together

My particular thanks to Liz
for giving me The Devil's Feather as a title
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307277070, Paperback)

A blistering new thriller about the horrors of war and the struggle to survive in the face of pure evil.

Foreign correspondent Connie Burns is hunting a British mercenary that she believes is responsible for the rape and murder of five women in Sierra Leone in 2002. Two years later she finds him training Iraqi police in Baghdad. Connie is determined to expose his crimes, but then she is kidnapped and released after three days of unspeakable torture. Silently, she returns to England and attempts to isolate herself, but it soon becomes apparent that the horrors of the world and her own nightmarish past aren’t so easy to escape from.

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With private security firms supplying bodyguards in every theatre of war, who will notice the emergence of a sexual psychopath from the ranks of the mercenaries?

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