Torch by Lin Anderson(link is external) - Hodder Paperback (2007), Paperback, 240 pages
tags: Crime
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A part of me is really looking forward to this book - after all she's got some interesting author blurbs on that book - and then a part of me is struggling hugely with the idea of the death or injury (or whatever actually happens to it - I haven't got past the first few paragraphs yet) of a German Shepherd - same reason I've been pussy footing around a Deon Meyer book for more years than I want to think about.

Now there's something very weird going on in my brain - yeah right - okay - I can here the rolling eyes from here and you can cut out the "just something" comments right now.  But I struggle with animal cruelty and I'm acutely aware that I'm teetering on the edge of an appalling double standard here - which I must do something about.

I don't have a problem, for example, reading books where children are the victims - I'm very much of the opinion that I don't understand why it's not okay to have a fictional child as a victim - but it probably is okay to have a fictional granny as a victim.  Is this somehow implying that your granny deserves less respect than a child......  Goodness knows.  So why do I have this problem with fictional animals being hurt?  For a start I'm acutely aware I'm applying personal experience - I have German Shepherds and I know the stats of cruelty to these gorgeous (albeit daft as a brush) creatures.  Yes I know - murder rates / child abuse / blah blah blah.  But I have those shepherds so my experience of reading about them becomes more .... I don't know.... immediate? / discomforting.

Basically I'm a sook.  But I'm trying to be a reformed sook - I finished Asa Larsson's book Sun Storm - with a rather startling episode of the death of an animal and I got past it - it actually worked really well as an insight into the minds of the two main characters - but......  I guess what worked in that book is that the scene was so exposing of the characters of those two women.

So I'm going to read Torch - maybe with one eye closed - because I'll be interested to see where this story line is going to go in terms of the story overall.

But I think I might make sure that the dog's are in another room - I don't want them to see me reading this 

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She pulled out her laptop and opened the anonymous e-mail.  The letters were in a different order, but they were the same.  I-C-H-B-U-N-R-T-E-B-T-H.  Once she separated the word 'THE', it was easy.  Burn the Bitch.

The person sending the e-mails was the person writing the letters.

When a young homeless girl dies in the latest of a string of arson attacks, Dr Rhona MacLeod is called in.  But here in Edinburgh she is off her patch - the Chief Fire Investigator is hot-tempered misogynist Severino Macrae, and he doesn't like to lose face.  As the attacks escalate, will their growing chemistry distract them from the murderous arsonist who seems to be infiltrating their personal lives as well as their work?

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Submitted by Karen on Thu, 20/09/2007 - 07:17 pm