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Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and Sergeant Emma Bradbury are back in an electrifyingly suspenseful new novel, chasing down one of the most fearsome, brilliantly terrifying characters to ever stalk the pages of a book. After a year of working at home in order to control his synaesthesia (the rare neurological condition that causes his brain to crosswire his sensesDetective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and Sergeant Emma Bradbury are back in an electrifyingly suspenseful new novel, chasing down one of the most fearsome, brilliantly terrifying characters to ever stalk the pages of a book. After a year of working at home in order to control his synaesthesia (the rare neurological condition that causes his brain to crosswire his senses), DCI Lapslie gets a visit from Emma Bradbury, summoning him back to active duty. A well-known television reporter has been brutally murdered and the top brass think Lapslie is the man to investigate the crime. With no witnesses and no suspects, Lapslie finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Then, in short order, he has a second murder on his hands: a man is found dead in a train-station bomb explosion. Despite all odds, Lapslie begins to suspect that the two high-profile cases may be connected. Under pressure to produce results and with the media bearing down on him and his synaesthesia going wild, Lapslie approaches his breaking point, but the solution to what’s beginning to look like the crimes of an especially evil—and diabolically creative—serial killer remains elusive. To make matters worse, the killer’s next target may be much closer than Lapslie could possibly guess....

Title : Tooth and Claw
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ISBN : 9780307377029
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 311 Pages
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Tooth and Claw Reviews

  • Wendy
    2019-06-15 08:36

    The main draw for me is the main character. I think his quirks (quoting poetry, his synesthesia) are interesting and add another dimension to the story without overpowering it. In this book, the antagonist was creepy but not over the top. Overall, the story had nice balance and it moved along a good clip.

  • Karen
    2019-05-28 03:37

    DCI Mark Lapslie is one of those grumpy, rumpled detective characters, with a slight twist. He has synaesthesia - sounds instantly trigger taste sensations. Which makes participating in the world profoundly difficult. The condition is so out of control that he's had to move to an isolated cottage, communicating with his colleagues via technology, keeping the noise at bay so that he can at least function a little. His wife has left him, taking their children with her, he's lonely, fraught, struggling to cope with the condition and the restrictions it places on his life.Carl Whittley is lonely and bitter, struggling to cope with the reality of being sole carer for his invalid father. While he's doing the cooking, cleaning, colostomy bag changing, and all the personal care, his mother has left and is pursuing her career as a forensic psychologist. In some ways it makes a lot of sense that Carl's planning his third murder very early on in the book.That last observation isn't much of a spoiler as McCrery doesn't write whodunnit style books, rather they are more an exploration of why. Why Carl Whittley would torture a glamorous TV presenter to death, blow up some poor innocent bloke in a railway station, and still be planning more mayhem. Why Mark Lapslie would try to stick with his job of Police DCI in the face of a personal disability that makes his every hour a nightmare. And one of the biggest mysteries? Why Lapslie's Chief Superintendent would think that putting him in charge of two seemingly unconnected events would provide the media pressure straw that would finally break Lapslie's back and remove him from the police force once and for all.The synaesthesia aspects of the Lapslie series are the obvious hook that makes them different from other British, grumpy, rumpled, cynical and rather world-weary detective stories. The other difference is that idea of the who being known by the reader up front, and the books being less of a journey to the discovery, and more a look at the characters, their motivations, and ultimately, the way in which the detective get's the bloke the reader already knows all about. There's often traces of quite black humour in this series as well, although in this particular book you'll have to dig a little deeper to find it, and you may also need to have a fairly high tolerance for graphic descriptions. To be frank, there's very little about Carl and his activities that can be explained, or even vaguely quantified, and at the same time there's something rather bleak about the dogged way in which Lapslie pursues his perpetrator.Not that TOOTH AND CLAW itself is bleak, this is really a very readable, absorbing and interesting entrant in a series that is definitely well worth pursing. I suspect it is, however, one of those series that would be best read in order, as the way that Lapslie's synaesthesia affects his life, his ability to do his job, and everyone around him does ebb and flow, and you need to understand how that all works to get an understanding of him overall.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-26 05:31

    Wow, what a fast paced thriller! When a detective is called in to solve a murder he uncovers a serial killer who kills people at random in totally different ways. Most serial killers kill in the same way and leave a signature but this killer has no signature. He does have a health problem though and the detective has a rare neurological condition called synesthesia so when he hears a certain sound it is converted to a taste. He can taste the murderer but he has to figure out who it is before it's too late. This thriller is really different and it kept me perched on the edge of my seat right to the very end.

  • Jason
    2019-06-17 02:24

    This has to be one of the most fascinating main characters ever! A DCI with synesthesia hunting a killer suffering from porphyria-come on! This is brilliant thinking an superb writing. I love when an a mystery is set up so you know who the killer is and you spend the book wondering how he'll be caught-it just heightens the drama and makes for some interesting close calls and twists and turns. This one was really stellar!

  • Juliana Jura
    2019-06-05 07:38

    Another DCI Lapslie crime novel. Very readable if not a little far fetched at times but as I don't usually read this genre of book, don't know whether or not it is a typical thriller. The story moved along at a fair pace. It certainly would tempt me to read another of the authors books...perhaps one of his more famous ones...Silent Witness.

  • Vanessa Turner
    2019-06-19 01:33

    I've never had a book so thoroughly fascinate and disturb me. It's detailed and delightfully (or horrifically) unpredictable.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-30 01:27

    Synesthesia is always interesting!

  • Charlie
    2019-06-03 03:34

    From the creator of Silent Witness and New Tricks, Tooth and Claw is on the face of it a pretty typical contribution to British detective novels. There's a sadistic killer on the loose and a gruff, no-nonsense detective must track him down and put him behind bars.However, the novel draw here is that the detective, DI Mark Lapslie, suffers from synesthesia, a condition which means he can taste sounds. This makes him a more interesting character than your generic British coppa. The condition has forced his entire family away and driven him into almost complete solitude.The condition itself makes for another layer of description and detail, with the use of tastes to describe events and people. However, the standout character for me has to be Carl Whittley, the sadistic murderer (no spoiler, you learn this in the first few chapters, this isn't a whodunnit.) Carl is the son of a criminal profiler, whose cold, distant nature left him caring for his disabled father. Carl from a young age was exposed to violent images, and this combined with his mother's eventual separation from the family home, led to his sadistic desire to murder.The murders themselves can be quite graphic, and even I - having grown up in the internet age where gore is pretty much everywhere - found some of it a little bit hard to stomach. This is not a book for the fainthearted.Whilst these two characters are interesting, they do carry the entire book. The other characters are totally two dimensional and merely there to propel the story forward. Even Carl's mother, brought in to profile the killer, and the catalyst behind his disturbed nature, shows up for four or five brief appearances and then vanishes at the culmination of the story.My biggest gripe with the book has to be the pacing. Though it starts off quite regular, the last fifty or sixty pages are rushed, as though the author had more planned and either couldn't be arsed to finish it or was told to wrap it up by the publisher. Either way, it's a black stain on the story as a whole.The blurb promises the attempted murder of a policeman, but Carl's planning starts and is then abruptly cut short by him doing something entirely out of character.Lapslie and Co, for the most part, play the role that Indiana Jones plays in the Ark of the Covenant. Their presence has barely any impact on the story itself and they do relatively little detecting. In the end, Carl implicates himself and they get lucky. It's frustrating and a waste of the character's abilities, in my opinion.Lapslie's condition, too, seems to be magically cured in the latter stages of the book. At one point his synaesthesia is so bad a crowd causes him to pass out. Later, a bullet is fired at him from close range and it doesn't faze him. It barely warrants another mention after the two-thirds mark.Overall, Tooth and Claw is a quick burner and an easy read, perfect if you're looking for something short and sweet. Though it's a sequel, you don't need to have read the first book to understand what is going on.If you're a fan of McRery's previous work or enjoy British detective/crime fiction as a whole, definitely pick it up. If you're looking for a totally realistic depiction of synaesthesia, or even proper police work, I'd look elsewhere.

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-06-19 03:25

    A gripping & entertaining read, where the lead character suffers from synaesthesia, in this case he tastes noises. The illness is quite well-worked into the tale with it featuring enough to keep it interesting without overdoing it (unlike Parker Jefferson's "The Fallen" where the sufferer saw colours & shapes but it was too underplayed for my liking!) It was easy to work out what had caused Carl to commit the murders (I'm not giving anything away - the cover blurbs tells you whodunit!), but the reason for his fathers health wasn't very credible for me & that's probably my only criticism. Will certainly read more in this series.

  • Marli
    2019-05-27 04:21

    At first I was so uncomfortable for the main character that I couldn't settle into the story. I also didn't have much understanding of the motivation for the protagonist killing spree. The characters were not drawn with much depth and also there was not much empathy for them. It was okay, quick read with very graphic (and to my mind) unnecessary description. The descriptions of the two rare disorders was very interesting.

  • Jamie Phinyosmosorn
    2019-06-04 08:25

    I love this book! A stunning thriller with interesting characters that made me unable to put the book down! Read more reviews in my blog-->

  • Conan Tigard
    2019-05-29 04:14

    One of my favorite television shows is Criminal Minds. The shows follows seven FBI agents who track down and capture, or sometime kill, serial killers. So, I consider myself somewhat familiar with these vicious kind of killers. In the beginning of Tooth and Claw, I was a little disturbed by the first killing in the book by Carl Whittley. After all, he strapped a woman to her bed naked, and while she was awake, he sliced off all of the skin and muscle down to the bone on her left arm from her elbow to her wrist. That is pretty gross. I was worried that the whole book would be like this and am happy to report that it isn't.DCI Mark Lapslie is an extremely interesting main character. His struggle with synaethesia, his family, and his job made him really fascinating to me. I had never heard of synaethesia and like most people, I'm sure, am glad that I do not have it. I certainly wouldn't want all sounds turned into tastes on my tongue. Lapslie is a strong character, though, and I quite enjoyed tagging along with him and DS Emma Bradbury as they worked on solving two high-profile cases.As for the serial killer, Carl Whittley, he is a bit of a freak. He likes to take animals that he has killed out in the marsh, bring them back to his shed, and pose them in the same manner as his human victims. Sure, you have to feel sorry for him too. His father, Nathaniel, is incapacitated both physically and mentally, and at age 25, Carl is responsible to caring for him. His mother, Eleanor, has moved out of the house and doesn't seem to want anything to do with either her husband or her son. She is about as cold-hearted as a person can get.I did not feel hampered by not having read the first Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie mystery entitled Still Waters. I am sure that there were references in this book to the things that occurred in Still Waters, but I didn't seem to notice. I was able to easily follow this story without having read the first book. The tension in the last 75 pages or so had me sitting on the edge of my seat while I tried to read as fast as I could. I was just so into the story. The writing style of Nigel McCrery is wonderful and I found myself to be quite engrossed in this fast-paced tale of murder most foul. The grittiness of the story made a cringe a little at the beginning, but I think that author intended his readers to react that way.Overall, Tooth and Claw is an excellent mystery story with twists and turns that kept me reading late into the night. In fact, last night I wanted to keep reading so badly, I just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore, no matter how much I wanted to or how hard I tried. I sure hope that there is another Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie mystery book in the future. If there is, I cannot wait to get my hands on it.I rated this book an 9 out of 10.

  • LindaBranham Greenwell
    2019-05-22 00:39

    The story takes place in England; the author is an English writer so there are lots of English phrases. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie is the main character - with his sidekick, Detective Sergeant, Emma Bradbury. Lapslie's suffers from an unusual ailment, synaesthesia, a condition where sound translates as taste, hearing as odors, often in stomach-churning combinations; his disability plays a major role. Lapslie is separated from his wife because it has become intolerable for him to endure daily family chaos - and impossible for them to maintain the silence that he needs, Lapslie's "constant sensory anguish" has become so pronounced that he cannot work at police headquarters, so he has been working from his home - a quiet country cottage where he connects with the department via technology. But when a particularly brutal murder occurs, a female newsreader who is systematically tortured to death in her home, Mark's supervisor demands his presence as head of the investigation. Although Emma does her best to run interference for her boss, Lapslie is caught in a conundrum: he must be present physically if he is to solve the crime. And to be present means exposing himself to sounds which will translate as "tastes" to himWhen another high profile murder occurs, a bombing in a train station, Lapslie is burdened with another case, because he is simply the best man for the job. While juggling autopsies, crime scene investigations and press conferences, Lapslie is overcome, the price of his efforts a severe attack of gut-wrenching odors beyond his tolerance. Although it seems unlikely, Lapslie links the two crimes, but proving the connection is an impossible task. It seems thatLapsie's synaesthesia has taken an interesting turn, and he starts hearing the odor of the killer - he is beginning to hear smells :)Lapslie's obscure psychological disorder allows him access to the mind of a killer; a thriller with a new twist, a detective who can literally smell his prey, makes for fascinating readingThe killer is a study in emotional damage ... an interesting character in his own right.

  • Kay Sachse
    2019-06-05 07:26

    Krimis dürfen ja heutzutage nie mehr einfach so mit der Frage beschäftigen, wer´s denn nur eigentlich war, denn Psychodrama ist gefragt. Und ein Hercule Poirot von heute schleppt auch so seine Wehwehchen mit sich herum. Der leitende Kriminale leidet nämlich an Synästhesie, durch die Geräusche aus seiner Umgebung zu unangenehmen Geschmackseindrücken umgewandelt werden. Aber auch der Serienkiller, um den geht es hier nämlich, hat so seine Not mit seinem Körper. Als Whosdunit erübrigt sich hier. Das ist von Anfang an klar, bleibt also die Frage, wie man dem Tunichtgut auf die Schliche kommt.Der Krimi ist aus der Sicht dieser beiden Personen geschrieben, und das ist nicht immer sinnig. Der Beginn der Ermittlungen verläuft mehr als zögerlich, weil scheinbar jedes Muster für die Tat/-en zu fehlen scheint, und wenn dann auch noch beide Protagonisten ihre Sicht der Dinge schildern, kommt ziemliche Langeweile auf, da hilft auch die grausige Art des Abschlachtens in diesem Roman drüber weg. Auf einmal aber kommt Fahrt in die Geschichte, sodass sich wenigstens der Schlussteil flott liest, auch wenn einige Dinge nur wenig plausibel zu sein scheinen.Ob ich noch einen DCI Lapslie Krimi lesen werden.... das wage ich zu bezweifeln.

  • Kelly Roll
    2019-05-30 03:19

    Intriguing concept - detective with synaesthesia. Basically the lead detective tastes sounds and when we are first introduced he is working from home as his condition has become so bad he has problems in the everyday environs of his job. However his boss calls him back to active duty when a high profile news reader is killed. He is then put on a second high profile case when someone is blown up. The detective eventually connects the two cases because he hears a sound which turns out to be connected to a very subtle scent the killer emits. While I found the concept of a detective with this disability interesting I also found some of the plot points to be unrealistic.If the case is so high profile and the detective's boss expects him to fail would he really put him on the case?Also we never really get the sense of how the investigation is being run by the many officers involved. Finally, I found the killers "motivations" to be flimsy at best. Better to have just let the killer be a classic psychopath.

  • Ladysatel
    2019-06-02 06:17

    A well done British thriller by a former member of the British Murder Squad. People are being murdered and the police are unable to determine why or who is doing it. None of the murders seems connected. Detective Chief Inspector Lapslie and Sergeant Emma Bradbury are assigned to one of the latest cases. Lapslie has a physical condition called synaesthesia which causes sounds to become tastes on his tongue. He figures that his superior is trying to get him out of the department because of the trouble his condition causes him when he is around people and noise.Lapslie is not ready to retire just yet and begins to investigate the case of a news reader who was brutally murdered. Then a bombing occurs at a train station and Lapslie is assigned to that case as well. As it turns out his disability helps him to begin to tie the cases together and he begins to close in on his subject.

  • Chent Higson
    2019-06-12 06:33

    Yeah not half bad. Most killers in these sort of books tend to have a very strict pattern, that eventually leads to them being caught, so it was refreshing for the killer not to have a pattern at all even if it still made his actions distinctive.Also DCI Lapslie was interesting because he didn't have some deep-rooted psychological trauma like every other detective seems to. It wasn't something left over from a failed case, it was just the way he worked. You don't see many coppers in these with neurological conditions like this kind of cool form of synaesthesia. Though it did constantly lead me to wonder what my voice would taste like to someone like him. I'd imagine some sort of warming alcoholic beverage topped with a sour tinge; perhaps lemon.Crappy full review.

  • Kat
    2019-06-02 07:09

    The lead character, Lapslie, is the one who draws you into the story. He is a very intriguingly written protagonist. The author clearly knows what he is writing about and gives explanations about medical matters without anyone breaking out of character to do so. The only annoying thing, for me, is McCrery's tendency to overexplain little things (such as how to remove a SIM card from its packaging) as it made me feel as though he thought I, the reader, wasn't particularly intelligent. Overall, a good read. One of my favourite things was that there was a chapter you think is from the POV of the serial killer but you find out at the end that it was someone else altogether and this adds dimension to the storyline.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-11 07:30

    McCrery's hero, a DCI with synesthesia, is an intriguing take on the standard. DCI Mark Lapslie can taste sounds, a quirk in his neurological wiring that comes in handy when he realizes he can hear smells, as well. Or at least one smell - the smell of a killer. The quirk was enough to draw me in, but the rest of the plot and the secondary characters weren't enough to make me want to put his other books on hold. Still, a good read-alike for those seeking something close to Val McDermid or other procedurals with a grim bent.

  • Kelly
    2019-06-03 06:09

    I did really enjoy this book, which is the second in the series that I've read, and I thought that the plot was quite well paced and developed. What annoyed me was the constant and overpowering description of the Synaethesia, which while an obviously large and important aspect of Lapslie's character and therefore the plot, just dominated and it became a bit boring to read. Other than that I liked it!

  • Sally Boocock
    2019-06-08 06:10

    Quite an indepth novel with a different slant on finding killers. The main character Laslie suffers from synathasia which means he can smell his suspects. The killer in this case changes his MO for every killing and in the end he becomes quite a sad character who you could almost feel sorry for. A well written very atmospheric descriptive novel.

  • Chris Amies
    2019-06-10 01:25

    A second outing for McCrery's synaesthetic cop and this time he's tracking down a serial killer who changes M.O. every time. It's a tricky one. Protagonist is interesting and not unlike the Sweeney's Jack Regan in that he has a reputation for violence but we very rarely see him indulge.I do also like an author who can drop in a gratuitous Pink Floyd reference from time to time.

  • judy
    2019-06-02 00:10

    Evidently others were not impressed--but I was. Authors go to great lengths to make their characters stand out. The ones that try hardest are usually failures but I really enjoyed this detective's difference.

  • Stephen Rickaby
    2019-05-20 00:32

    I thought the plot and character development was great up to a point. Then it got "silly". Being able to smell out the killer was far-fetched and after all the steady build-up the rush to conclusion smacked of haste to finish the novel.

  • Carol
    2019-05-22 02:32

    Good police procedural, though a bit gory for my taste. Features an unusual protagonist who suffers from synesthesia, a neurological condition in which one sense is perceived as another (in this case, noises cause him to experience tastes).

  • Amy
    2019-05-22 00:30

    Interesting take on a typical police procedural about a serial killer. the twist is that the detective in charge of the case(s) suffers from synaesthesia. He can "taste" sounds. Interesting attribute that makes for a unique ending.

  • Zusi
    2019-05-26 04:36

    It is set after Core of Evil, and includes the same detective team. Once again, it is Columbo style, following the murderers point of view. This time, you sort of understand why they are doing that they are doing, which makes reading more interesting. Does the murderer accomplish their goal?

  • Jean M
    2019-06-12 07:12

    2.5 easy to read but highly improbable.

  • Vicki Lathim
    2019-06-09 03:26

    Murder mysteries, but not your run of the mill kind. A detective with a disability I've never heard of and killers that are very unique. Fascinating reading!

  • Krista
    2019-05-22 01:36

    Intriguing concept (detective with synasthesia) but too gruesome for me.