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The fourth novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series—authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Guilty or not guilty?A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.Revenge or mercy?TThe fourth novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series—authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Guilty or not guilty?A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.Revenge or mercy?Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.Live or die?DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary—one who won’t stop until his mission is complete....

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The Jackdaw Reviews

  • Christine
    2019-06-07 17:48

    This is book four in the brilliant Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan series. How excited am I to be reading more Corrigan! This is one of my favourite crime series.The action takes us to the heart of the financial district in London, where a psychopath is playing judge and jury to bankers who profited from the financial crisis. Individuals are being kidnapped and then are judged online via a kind of You-Tube interactive website called ‘Your View’. Viewers are asked to tune in and see the masked Jackdaw make his judgement. Sean Corrigan, with his unique insight into the depraved and evil is called upon to investigate. Corrigan finds he is under increasing pressure, as the case attracts escalating media attention.I just love this series and the way Corrigan gets into the mind of the psychopath. Corrigan is a genius at working out a crime scene and dissecting an evil mind. I also like the hint of the forbidden relationship brewing with Anna, the psychiatrist. There is just something about him, that makes you want to know more.This book has such a brilliant contemporary spin on the recent banking crisis. It was very clever showing various members of the public watching the on screen judgement by the ‘Jackdaw’ and his cruel methods of punishment. I felt drawn into the drama and the debate about the evils of the banking sector. It all has a realistic and sad feeling about it. I could imagine this taking place.Just brilliant. I feel bereft now I’ve finished it.Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for my review copy.

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-06-03 12:47

    I can't believe I'm going to say this but I think DI Sean Corrigan has taken over Tom Thorne as my favourite British detective. (I've said it! Can't take it back...) Really though, the first three books in terms of building his character were great, but The Jackdaw was just brilliant and he is a character we still don't know everything about and I just can't wait to read about him again. I do have the new Tom Thorne ready to read, but the British crime fiction series I find myself most excited for is this one. It seems like Luke Delaney just came from nowhere, and we are now on book four!I found the premise for this book as exciting as it was frightening because something like this could easily happen in real life, and it's almost a guarantee that it would attract a large online audience. Wealthy bankers are abducted before being screened on the Internet, a masked man asking members of the public to vote on their innocence. Guilty equals death, not guilty doesn't equal death but it doesn't equal a clean escape either... Much like I was compelled to read on, people at home and around the world would be compelled to log on to 'Your View' as well and vote in their droves. I like how Delaney manages to mix things up and keep the series fresh. What I particularly enjoyed is how Delaney allowed the reader to see the reaction from various members of the public which included fellow bankers, journalists, a creepy teenager and various people who feel they have been done over by banks in the past and even the reaction from the police themselves. In the beginning especially Corrigan doesn't have that instant instinct to hunt the killer down which was interesting.Regular readers of the series will recognise the return of Anna who in the past has gotten very close to Corrigan. There's a couple of things I want to say here but have to be careful for fear of spoilers, I'll just say that her reasons for joining the case might not be entirely honourable, in the beginning at least! Once again also series favourites are back including Sally and Donnelly. This time around I have to say that Donnelly was one of my favourite characters throughout the book. There's also a greater level of corruption here in the way certain high up members of the force act which added an interesting dynamic to the book. Given Delaney's experience I feel his books carry a more authentic feeling than others in the genre and that always makes a book so much more enjoyable to me, from the way the case is run, the way Sean's bosses want results yesterday, just everything about the book feels realistic especially with nods to recent high-profile events, through the eyes of a pretty seedy journalist.As much as I could talk about this book all day, I have gone on in the past about how brilliant this series is so all I can really say is buy this book! Crime fans yet to discover Luke Delaney are in for a treat, those who have read the previous books will almost certainly enjoy this book. The only thing I would say is that I was a tiny bit disappointed with the overall reveal of The Jackdaw, but the writing was so strong and the culmination of events was brilliant to read but it'd be interesting to find out how others feel about the end! Hard to say any more than that! This is not a series to miss for crime fans and I am gutted at the thought of the torturous wait for the next one.

  • Paul
    2019-06-11 13:44

    The Jackdaw – DI Sean Corrigan Back and Better Than EverThe Jackdaw is the fourth instalment in the DI Sean Corrigan series created and written by former Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant Luke Delaney. Yet again Luke Delaney has written a superb lesson in crime writing that gives us an authentic voice with a great psychological edge. Why this series has never been turned in to a TV Crime Drama is a crime in its own right! What Luke Delaney does in this and his previous novels is to put you in the centre of the story and that you are at the heart of the investigation, feeling what Corrigan feels hoping that he is not going to take any risks with his life. Delaney’s writing is crisp, authentic, and dramatic which leaves you on edge all the way to the end; you do not know who is culprit until Delaney is ready to reveal the criminal at the heart of the story.Financial workers are being abducted from the streets of London and then later appear online later next to a hooded man in a white room and the man is disguising his voice, and is very tech savvy. He then preaches a sermon to those watching that the person tied to the chair should be punished for the greed and incompetence they showed and their part in the financial crisis and the collapse of some banking systems. That these people were to blame for the suffering of the ordinary working person around Britain. Once he has laid the charges of the banker he then invites people to vote on whether they are guilty and not guilty and he will pronounce judgement on behalf of the people.DI Sean Corrigan is given this case to find and stop the person committing the crime that is sending chills down the back of every worker in the City of London’s financial district. The team work out that they are not dealing with a normal criminal but one that is clever and quite an elusive adversary and they are going to have to think differently to catch the man who started calling himself The Jackdaw. While pressure is coming from above to stop and catch The Jackdaw, who is gaining quite a following online even taunts the police and tells them when he is finished he will kill himself rather than rot in prison.Corrigan and his team know they have to keep chasing the leads however small they maybe even though very little evidence is ever left behind for them. Corrigan knows there is some sort of link but just cannot see it, his detectives are being reactive rather than proactive, but he is sure once he finds what is missing then he will be able to bring the case to a successful closure for all involved.This is an excellent crime thriller that keeps you on edge throughout the book with a great psychological edge that makes you admire Corrigan and all his faults. Luke Delaney is the kind of crime writer that draws you in and then grabs you by the nuts and leaves you wanting more.

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-06-17 17:42

    I devoured Luke Delaneys first 3 books back-to-back so was delighted to receive an ARC of The Jackdaw. Whilst the main characters and storyline were compelling, it didn't grab me like the first 3. I also found it confusing with introduction of several minor characters who kept popping up and didn't actually go anywhere or contribute to the plot. However, I do look forward to his next book.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-05-23 14:41

    Luke Delaney is something of a new kid around town. His debut novel Cold Killing was released in 2013. It took me some time to get around to reading and once I had I didn’t want to stop. The first two books in the series were amazing and I really do think Delaney is a very quick rising star who will soon become as well read as the likes of Patterson and Lee Child. The one thing that for me is a winner is the lead character Sean Corrigan. He walks the tightrope to a point where you wonder whether he will fall into the worlds of the psychologically damaged and become just like the killers he hunts. The fourth book from Luke Delaney brings Corrigan back into the fold with the latest case along with his colleagues Donnelly and Sally. It seems that there is a lone vigilante kidnapping Londoners and then putting them in front of a live audience via the web and asking them to vote so that the killer can become both judge and executioner. I only had one problem with this initial story and that was that I very recently read a book with a similarly themed plot. With that small issue aside, the story launches straight back in and I felt like I hadn’t been away from Sean and his work colleagues.This latest book not only brings a fast paced plot to it, it also highlights Sean’s somewhat dangerous state of mind. I wasn’t a fan of the psychologist Anna appearing again and it felt like this added to Sean’s misery somewhat and it made me dislike her. The plot was well paced and there was so much going on that at times I could sympathise with the varying degrees of stress the characters were under. It also felt like we are uncovering more and more of Sean and his personal life with each case that he works. It certainly makes me question (and want to know) what will happen next. The Jackdaw made for a great killer and it was done cleverly with me thinking I had it worked out and realising I didn’t.As ever this is a solid read and one that I think his fans will love. If you haven’t read this series I would highly recommend you do, but from book one. The first two books still remain my favourites but Luke Delaney is fast becoming one of my must read authors.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2019-05-31 13:54

    4.5 StarsImpressive fourth book in the DI Sean Corrigan series, which could easily work as a standalone, although to really feel like you know Sean and his team, it could be recommended to have read previous books. I have to give great kudos to Luke Delaney in creating perhaps one of the most complex villains I've read about ever. The Jackdaw as he becomes known has seemingly plotted and predicted everything , while at the same time is eager to show what he is doing off to a large audience. I suspect that only the most devoted of thriller fans will be able to work out who The Jackdaw is before the finale, I will admit I didn't have even the slightest clue in any direction, but was sitting there with awe at how police detectives were going about solving this incredibly complex case. The last 100 pages or so were pretty much unputdownable, and before that I was very gripped by the story, and what was going on with DI Corrigan and his team. There are plenty of characters who popped up intermittently presumable just to show how the public's reaction to the Jackdaw was changing over time, and these are people from all walks of life. Similarly it makes a change that the victims I didn't immediately have sympathy for, although that may just be because I didn't feel as though I got to know them that well. The Jackdaw is another very strong entry into this series that keeps delighting me every time I read one. I am really hoping this isn't the last we have seen of DI Sean Corrigan, as I love the department he heads up and it really does show how twisted some people's minds are.

  • Joanne Robertson
    2019-05-24 11:01

    This was the first DI Sean Corrigan novel that I have read. I believe it is the 4th one but I didn't find it a problem to read this as a stand alone police procedural. I would like to know more of the background though to Sean and his relationships with other characters so will probably try to catch up with the other novels as and when I see them.This is a very topical and hard hitting novel based around someone who is kidnapping people then broadcasting over the internet their "trial" and handing out their own form of vigilante punishment. I loved the premise of this novel and you can certainly tell that the author used to be involved with the police force. As a police procedural it works well and there is a huge amount of information given throughout. But the author manages to balance this well and gives a different perspective of the murders by having "ordinary" members of the public witness the crimes. I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an honest review.

  • Claire
    2019-06-16 13:06

    Review: The Jackdaw (DI Sean Corrigan #4) by Luke Delaney Publication Date: 12th March 2015 (hardcover) Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 978-0007585687 Source: Lovereading, Netgalley Rating: 4* Synopsis:The fourth novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series – authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.Guilty or not guilty?A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.Revenge or mercy?Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.Live or die?DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary – one who won’t stop until his mission is complete. Review:This is the first book in the DI Corrigan series that I've read. I didn't realise it was part of a series, it reads so well as a stand-alone novel.The Jackdaw is a well-written and scary character, a vigilante who you wouldn't want to meet anywhere, let alone down a dark alley!Sean Corrigan is a fantastic character to read. He immerses himself in the case to the exclusion of his family and many of his colleagues, as he tries to get inside the mind of the Jackdaw. Whilst not a psychologist or profiler, Corrigan reminds me of Val McDermid's Tony Hill, in the way he approaches the case and talks to himself as he tries to uncover the truth. Supporting characters Sally, Dave and Anna provide useful background information and a wealth of comprehensive interaction with Corrigan.The Jackdaw is a gritty crime thriller full of tense moments and unexpected twists. It held my interest throughout I'd recommend it to fans of crime writers such as Mark Billingham and Val McDermind.  

  • Anne Wright
    2019-06-06 15:06

    The Jackdaw by Luke DelaneyI give this book 4.75 out of 5 I loved itA man is sat in chair with a camera facing him, the room around him is white. people are starting to find this picture on yourview, watching the man who looks to be tied to the chair with tape. The man in the mask is watching a number in the corner of the screen, checking on how many people who are watching the white room. When he feels there are enough people watching he will begin.Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan is an unconventional policeman, he is able to get into the head of the criminals he is hunting, its a disturbing ability which leaves him isolated to some respects, his wife is trying to be supportive and understanding but sometimes she does not understand.Geoff Jackson is a journalist who will do absolutely anything to get a story and maybe a book and maybe an award out of the story and when Yourview and seeing death unfold he plots a plan that puts him in touch with a killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But what is it he wants? He puts his life at risk, and the police case in jeopardy with his actions.Assistant Commissioner Addis, is getting flack from the city in the shape of Bankers and members of parliamentary parties and he is passing that on down through the ranks but he has a plan if it keeps coming down from the top he will take the upper hand, he has leverage.Anna, A psychologist who has been brought in to keep an eye on Sean Corrigan.The story is well written and I loved it. The plot take you through the plan of a killer who thinks he will outwit anyone looking for him.There are a number of twists and turns in the story and holds a number of supprises well worth a read.Received the book with thanks through Good reads First reads.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-05-22 10:47

    Luke Delaney’s “Sean Corrigan” series has become one of my favourite crime series – I still remember reading the first one, Cold Killing and thinking to myself “Yay, another great series to add to the must reads”. Each book has solidified that and improved on it and The Jackdaw is no different.Loved the premise of this one – very topical and given Mr Delaney’s unique crime twist, wealthy folk who are perhaps not quite so caring of others as they should be are being kidnapped and put on trial. Watched on the internet by thousands, whether they live or die is down to people like you and me hitting a button and choosing their fate.The main strength of this series lies with its main protagonist, DI Sean Corrigan – a man constantly on the edge and with his own very well developed sense of justice, he can divide opinion like no other. As fond of him as I am he occasionally drives me nuts! An intriguing background and personality which gets explored further with every new case, he is what keeps you hooked into the story and rapidly turning the pages…The mystery elements are always authentic, addictive and full of psychological depth. The author’s background serves the reader well as he manages to bring some truth to the fiction and make the procedural elements seem spot on – whilst also managing to entertain and provide many lovely little twists and turns, not only with the cases as they unfold but with the personalities of the people involved – so overall it makes for an intelligent and captivating read.Definitely highly recommended from me for fans of Crime fiction everywhere. Brilliantly done.Happy Reading Folks!

  • Emma
    2019-05-25 17:39

    DI Sean Corrigan is a marmite character. This is the fourth book of the series (I have read and enjoyed all three previous outings) and I’m afraid I still don’t like the guy! However, I think that is exactly what Luke Delaney wants to achieve. I expect you’re asking yourself why I keep on with this series when I don’t like the lead character. Well, it’s because they are brilliant!Thanks mainly to a traumatic childhood, Sean is able to identify with the psychopaths and sociopaths he now hunts. He has a unique ability to see crime scenes through the perpetrator’s eyes. A gift or a curse?High flying financiers become the target of his latest nemesis…The Jackdaw. The Jackdaw abducts his victims, takes them to a purpose-built room and puts them on trial via a video streaming website. Will the public click guilty or not guilty?I had no idea who the ‘bad guy’ was until the reveal and oh my, it’s a clever one. I loved the drama and the build up to the conclusion. Real nail biting stuff. Oh, and I love Dave Donnelly. There’s a chap you would want on your side!A series which gets better with each new release. Four out of five stars.

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2019-05-26 10:49

    A man kidnaps a banker and live on Your View he lists the banker's faults and asks the viewers to vote on his fate. He is hung live on the Internet. Enter DI Corrigan and his trusted team to find him.I honestly can't find anything to fault in this book as it covers the lot - the guilt and greed of many bankers, the frustrations the team feel in their hunt, the pressure applied by a results hungry, manipulative senior management, a clever murderer with a twisted agenda and Sean Corrigan's destructive personality. It is a great read - tense and compulsive - and it covers a lot of ground making it a grown up read (unlike, for example, James Patterson) and I heartily recommend it.

  • I read novels
    2019-05-31 17:36

    The Jackdaw is excellently written and very nicely played out. A man who calls himself The Jackdaw has been abducting financial sector workers from the city of London. You can feel the fear of what the victims are feeling bound to a chair as they appear on the internet. A dangerously scary very clever novel. The feeling of being at the heart of a police investigation seeps from every page.The author Luke Delaney joined the metropolitan police in the late eighties and quickly graduated to the ranks of CID. He spent his entire career working in the most deprived and crime ridden areas of inner London.

  • Gail
    2019-06-05 10:45

    My least favourite of the DI Sean Corrigan books. I devoured he first three and couldn't wait for this to be released. It just seemed to have a little something missing in my opinion; and it's the first in the series where I have guessed the murderer too. It will certainly not deter me from reading any more books by the brilliant Luke Delaney and I can't wait for my next fix of the gorgeous Sean!

  • Abbey
    2019-05-30 10:36

    Review to follow xxx

  • Aglaya
    2019-05-21 10:44

    Ein maskierter Mann entführt Banker, um während einer Life-Übertragung im Internet eine Art Gerichtsverhandlung zu veranstalten und seine Zuschauer darüber abstimmen zu lassen, ob die "Angeklagten" schuldig oder unschuldig seien. Für schuldige Täter gibt es nur eine Strafe: den Tod. Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan und sein Team versuchen den Täter zu finden, bevor er das nächste Mal zuschlägt…"Sie zu strafen und zu richten" ist bereits der vierte Band um DI Sean Corrigan. Ich kenne die Vorgängerbände nicht, konnte der Hauptgeschichte aber dennoch gut folgen. Ich könnte mir aber vorstellen, dass ich die Figuren besser verstanden, mich besser in sie hätte hineinfühlen können, wenn ich sie schon durch ihre vorherigen Erlebnisse begleitet hätte. Da hat mir zum Verständnis wohl doch etwas Vorwissen gefehlt. Ausserdem gibt es mehrere Anspielungen auf einen früheren Fall, inklusive namentlicher Nennung des Täters, die mir die Lust, die Vorgängerbände auch noch zu lesen, doch etwas gedämpft haben. Ich erachte es daher bei dieser Reihe als sinnvoll, die Bände in Erscheinungsreihenfolge zu lesen.Die Geschichte wird in der dritten Person aus wechselnder Perspektive erzählt. Meist ist der Ermittler Sean Corrigan im Fokus, teilweise begleitet der Leser aber auch den Täter oder weitere Beteiligte wie beispielsweise den Journalisten Jackson. Sean konnte ich nur sehr schwer einschätzen. Ich fand ihn nicht gerade unsympathisch, aber stellenweise hatte ich doch Mühe, sein Verhalten nachzuvollziehen. Ob das an meinem mangelnden Vorwissen liegt? Mir wurde insbesondere nicht klar, weshalb immer die Rede davon war, dass er sich angeblich so gut in die Köpfe der Verbrecher hineinversetzen könne. Erstens wurde das nicht wirklich gezeigt, und zweitens glänzt er ansonsten durch überragende Empathielosigkeit…Die Handlung ist relative geradelinig aufgebaut, Wendungen oder Überraschungen gibt es kaum. Im Tempo wirkt sie etwas unausgewogen, mal passiert lange Zeit hinweg kaum etwas, dann überschlagen sich wieder die Ereignisse. Die Auflösung fand ich in dem Sinne überraschend, als ich keine Hinweise darauf aus der Geschichte ziehen konnte. Rückblickend ist sie aber durchaus logisch. Neben der Haupthandlung werden mehrere kleine Nebenstränge aufgebaut, die aber alle keine Auflösung finden. Einerseits wird immer wieder ein Gerichtsprozess erwähnt, an dem die Ermittler nebst ihrem aktuellen Fall auch noch teilnehmen sollen, der aber irgendwann einfach nicht mehr erwähnt wird. Hat der Autor hier vergessen, dass er diesen Strang angerissen hat? Andererseits wird um den jungen Mark, einen der Zuschauer, ein Strang aufgebaut, der ebenfalls keine Auflösung findet. Ob sich dieser wohl in einen nächsten Band hineinzieht? Auch weitere Zuschauer werden recht ausführlich vorgestellt, um später nie mehr erwähnt zu werden. Hier hätte ich mir entweder einen richtigen Abschluss gewünscht, oder der Autor hätte diese Nebenstränge gleich weglassen können.Der Schreibstil des Autors Luke Delaney lässt sich flüssig lesen und ist mir weder positiv noch negativ besonders aufgefallen. An manchen Stellen fliesst Blut, daher ist der Thriller für sehr sensible Leser wohl nicht geeignet (die würden sich aber wohl auch nicht freiwillig einen Thriller als Lektüre aussuchen, oder?).Mein FazitDurchaus spannender, aber auch etwas unausgewogener Thriller. Vorkenntnisse sind empfehlenswert.

  • Pauline
    2019-06-16 10:58

    Another very good book in this series.

  • Lynn Ashley
    2019-06-01 11:00

    love love love Luke Delaney and DI Corrigan... and once again this book doesn't disappoint. I think LD is my favourite new author!! A further insight into Corrigan was great too. Really good.

  • Sean Goh
    2019-06-17 14:45

    Not too shabby, though the Addis chapters didn't seem to do anything for me.

  • Suzy Dominey
    2019-06-09 13:36

    Found it hard to get into it. Too many sub plots/storylines to follow

  • Janet
    2019-06-11 12:43

    4 1/2 out of 5

  • Micha
    2019-06-03 17:47

    To begin I am confident in saying that The Jackdaw is a nice read. The story flows and keeps you wanting more.I enjoyed that it was readable as a standalone novel despite being the fourth in the DI Sean Corrigan series. Perhaps it should be noted here that I have Cold Killing, but haven't read it as yet. This was my first Delaney book. And a good first it is as well because it alludes to history between two characters without really delving into it.I've read series where large chunks of text are repeated from book to book, sometimes pages. I find this type of writing infuriating! It's lazy and I feel like I'm being ripped off when it happens. Now, I've not read this series but from leaving things in the past, I think Delaney has done well and seems to have avoided the copy paste laziness of some other authors. Letting the past be the past and in print to go back to has made me want to read the previous novels, probably because I'm nosy and I really want to know more about what went on between Sean & Anna.The main characters were already well established. I felt that it was likely I was expected to know them already. That isn't the problem though. If other characters have been developed in previous novels, great, I'm looking forward to getting a better feel for them but what I didn't really like was that I felt no real connection to anyone other than Corrigan.Early in the novel we find Corrigan mulling over going into someone's bedroom, "Why were people always so much more bashful about showing their bedrooms than any other room? he wondered - as if it was the one room that betrayed our personal life more than any." And I just thought, "Here we go!" I thought such ponderings to be a little simple at the time. But I liked that as I then mulled it over I came to realise that I'm a very private person - and while I generally don't have anything to hide, I still want to keep certain things I keep in the bedroom hidden. (I do mean personal documents, filthy minds!)Only connecting with the protagonist probably wouldn't be so bad normally, but there's a part at the end where there are 3 cops, and no Corrigan. I don't see this bothering too many people, however it dulled the intensity for me. That tension and suspense for the good-guy-bad-guy chase is what got me hooked on crime thrillers, I enjoyed the novel as a whole, but this let it down for me.I really hope that I'm right in hoping that character development of the secondary characters are present in the previous three novels because I'd like to read this again once I've come to know them a little better.Please don't get me wrong, there are characters that Delaney let me get a sense for, but they were either victims, victims families or watchers.Now for the watchers - part of me hopes that the young man Hudson will appear in future novels. His blood lust seems to me to be heavy with a kind of crazy that intrigues me.Ordinarily I would probably say, "Nice book, but not a must read." I did buy the Cold Killing after reading The Jackdaw so it did it for me. I would recommend this to friends who enjoy crime fiction a bit more casually than I do, and have recommended it to a businessman who travels extensively as a good one for a flight.On discussing this with a less than tech savvy colleague and read out the blurb and he said, "The internet? So you'll need to know about computers to follow this one?" *insert sad face here - he likes Delaney* I'm glad I was able to explain the only thing you need to know is what a computer is, what a website is, what a screen is and that you can watch videos on the internet. But even he's watched cat videos online! He's good with that, so hopefully I'll hear how he gets on with the book soon.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-18 19:00

    The Jackdaw (DI Sean Corrigan, Book 4)by luke Delaney THE BLURB The fourth novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series – authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Guilty or not guilty?A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.Revenge or mercy?Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.Live or die?DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary – one who won’t stop until his mission is complete.WHAT I SAY I had read the toy taker by this author and i love it so i was so pleased to be gave the change to read this book and again i was hood In this story we have a lone vigilante kidnapping Londoners from the wealthy bankers sector and then putting them in front of a live audience on the web and asking them to vote this would be guaranteed to pull in a very big audience now the killer can become both judge and executioner this is so different it just pulls you into to the plot it show you how big social media is now day .The story so fast packed . I like how with get different characters points of views some of the teenager are so creepy I liked the police procedural part and i could feel the pressure on the team i was one of the team i was trying to solve this case with them you will be too . I was not sure why anna join the team what did you think? The story so packed with twists and turns but i will say i did find i was not totally hooked till about the third chapter but then i was keep on the edge so please keep reading As in his other book DI Sean Corrigan seems to get in the mind of the killer he just so clever how he does that and seems to be having a conversation with them in his mind which just makes you feel that your there with him i wanted to question the killer too it a very clever way of doing it I found this story very chilling as it felt that it could easily happen in real life now days With the Jackdaw himself it was nice not to have a victim as a complete innocent person but someone who you dont feel sorry he made a great killerI didnt see the ending coming at all i never guessed.Did you guess or see it ? It so cleverly done i was thinking i worked it out but then i found i was so wrong but i left want to ask questions The Book was a brilliant read that i really enjoyed and would recommend to others both books i read have been brilliant i want to read more now Luke got a very unique way with him a very talented author i recommend you all read About the AuthorLuke Delaney joined the Metropolitan Police Service in the late 1980s and his first posting was to an inner city area of South East London notorious for high levels of crime and extreme violence. He later joined CID where he investigated murders ranging from those committed by fledgling serial killers to gangland assassinations.

  • Raven
    2019-05-30 15:03

    Ex-police officer Luke Delaney has carved out an enjoyable niche in British crime fiction with his DI Sean Corrigan. With his books being so influenced by his former career, Delaney’s reputation as an intuitive and informed writer is well deserved and, fourth in the series, The Jackdaw won’t disappoint lovers of police procedurals.Still at the helm of New Scotland Yard’s Special Investigation Unit, Corrigan and his regular team are quickly called upon to deal with a man dubbed The Jackdaw. He has been abducting financial sector workers from the City of London. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear alongside a masked man on the internet, bound to a chair in a barren, white room. The culprit believes they must be punished for the crimes of greed and incompetence that led to the banking crisis, and the suffering of millions of ordinary working people. The victims’ crimes are broadcast online to thousands of social media users who can click Like if they think the banker is guilty, or Dislike for not guilty. Once a verdict is reached The Jackdaw becomes judge and executioner, unless Corrigan and his team can catch him and fast. As political and professional pressure builds on the team, Corrigan begins to realise what a wily and elusive adversary they are pitted against.This series has improved since Cold Killing came out in 2013, and The Toy Taker was excellent. Delaney has built up a credible cast of police regulars, who all appear here, however any new reader will be able to catch up fast. In The Jackdaw the ramifications of their last case are still rumbling around, and some members of Corrigan’s team have to testify in the former case which adds to their stress when investigating The Jackdaw.DI Corrigan is front and centre – a dedicated investigator with an uncanny knack, because he was abused as a child apparently, of being able to tap into the psyche of the most twisted of killers. In this book we see in sharper focus the disintegration of his relationship with his wife while his attraction to psychologist Anna Ravenni-Ceron grows difficult for him to ignore. She has been tasked with monitoring Corrigan’s mental state, but he’s unaware of her assignment. As their relationship intensifies, Delaney focusses on Anna’s torn loyalties to great effect, and this provides an extra frisson of excitement.The plot meanwhile ties in well with recent news and people’s attitudes to the banking fraternity. As Delaney uses members of this disreputable profession as victims, our empathy is manipulated to and fro. How much can we sympathise with them as they face cruel and unusual punishments at the hands of The Jackdaw. There’s also a slimy and dislikeable journalist in the mix who delights in hounding Corrigan, but who is also desperate to make contact with The Jackdaw in order to get the big scoop. It’s a refreshing experience to not necessarily sympathise with the victims, and to maybe even harbour a slight grudging respect for a man who wants to get his revenge on the bankers.All in all, another stalwart addition to Delaney’s series, and I am looking forward to the next.

  • Gordon Mcghie
    2019-05-31 10:37

    It is nice to have an easy review to write. I have nothing but good things to say about The Jackdaw, it is a clever and well-structured thriller and I was gutted when it ended.This is the fourth book which features central character DI Sean Corrigan. I have not read the first three novels (I shall) but the story picks up and references past events so there are potential spoilers. I do need to make it clear that not having read the earlier stories in no way ruined my enjoyment of The Jackdaw, everything I needed to know was covered simply and seamlessly blended into the plot.I loved the plot of The Jackdaw, a masked man is abducting workers from The City. He is placing them on public trial over the internet and inviting people to vote on their fate – their crimes centre around making personal gain during the financial crisis. An emotive topic and the author does set up the ‘crimes’ in such a way that the reader will find that they too will form their own judgement as to whether the masked man is making a valid case for judging his targets.Corrigan is forced to form an uneasy alliance with a journalist which provided an entertaining side story – I really enjoyed that we get to see how both parties to the agreement are playing off each other to achieve their own goals. As the narrative switches between the police, the masked man and the journalist we get to see how the investigation is progressing and but also learn that there is a plan being followed and that more ‘judgements’ are to follow.My first introduction to Luke Delaney’s books and I am regretting waiting so long to start reading them. Corrigan is a complex character and the supporting cast are well utilised in showing how his approach and methods are unorthodox. The Jackdaw has been a stand out read for me this year – easily scooping a review score of 5/5.

  • Annette
    2019-05-20 16:05

    The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney was a Goodreads winThis is a crime novel with a contemporary theme. The victims are wealthy, connected to the world of finance and mega bonus payments. People often grumble about the moral justification for large salaries of bankers, but a lone person, the Jackdaw, has decided to redress the balance of greed and unfairness. He kidnaps individuals and shows them on social media, states his version of their “crimes” and lets the general public decide if they are guilty. Death and mutilation are delivered, all on line. The name Jackdaw refers to an incident where one jackdaw was being attacked by another bird. An uneven struggle until other jackdaws came to its rescue. He sees himself as a representative of a larger group, all wanting justice. DI Corrigan and his special investigation team are under pressure to solve these crimes. He has some trauma in his past, which usually helps him get into the minds of the people committing crimes, but this time he draws a blank. The Jackdaw is unlike anyone he has come across before. Technology is helping him gradually narrow the location where the crimes are being transmitted from, but how many people are going to be kidnapped before the Jackdaw is cornered?Two clues – one given by a priest, who thinks the Jackdaw is motivated by envy, not revenge; and one victim remains hooded throughout his ordeal – why? There is a good twist at the end when the identity of the Jackdaw is revealed. The novel is easy to read, and the plot unfolds smoothly with enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. Although there is violence, it is not too graphically portrayed, and there is no bad language.

  • Lilian Flesher
    2019-05-22 10:51

    I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.Well get ready for a truly amazing read, the characters are absolutely awesome, this book has it all, I was giggling in places, and trembling in others. The Jackdaw book has some very violent scenes, serial killers are often like that, this is about a serial killer, not the normal run of the mill kind of killer either, this one thinks he is teaching people a lesson, making them pay for their crimes against the public, crimes in his imagination, or maybe they are really crimes? who knows, only the public can judge if the person he is holding prisoner is guilty or innocent. The killer uses YOU VIEW - the U=Tube equivalent to air his kidnapped victims, he tells the audience of the crime he is charging the victim with, and then he gets them to vote, GUILTY or INNOCENT!!! He carries out the verdict live on You View, if they are found guilty he murders them.Truly different from most stories about serial killers, the author has done an amazing job to make his work realistic and honest. There is the typical story hungry reporter, who will do anything to get the story first. There are the higher archy breathing down the lead officer's neck to get results, and there is the lead officer, who is excellent at his work, he seems to know what the killer is about, what he is likely to do, what he won't do, this guy knows his job and then some..DI Sean Corrigan!!!I really do not want to tell you any more information relating to the story, or I would spoil it for you, but truthfully this is an amazing book, full of highs and lows, twists and turns. You feel as if you are partaking of the hunt for the killer, read this definitely as its such a terrific book

  • Tracy Shephard
    2019-05-29 14:43

    DI Sean Corrigan is a perceptive and clever man, but then so is The Jackdaw. A ruthless and cold killer who has made himself Judge and Executioner whilst allowing his audience of online watchers to be the Jury.Luke Delaney’s novel is brilliant. I was gripped from the start and just could not put this book down.I loved the journey of the police procedure in trying to capture this violent criminal and the way the reader gets inside Sean’s head. Every step of the way we know what Sean is thinking and what his next move will be. It was like walking side by side with a top Investigator.The characters involved all contribute something to this amazing read, especially the scummy Mark Hudson. he sees The Jackdaw as a hero, and the ‘Your View’ killings as something to emulate.Luke Delaney has experience in the Metropolitan Police and as a CID officer, and this experience makes him one of the best crime fiction writers that I have read. He knows the complexities of Sean’s cases and adds something more so the reader has a clear, vivid and imaginative reading experience.I have not read the previous DI Corrigan books and feel I need to as to get the background story of some of the characters such as Sally. She has had a trauma that keeps being referred to and although this does not spoil this book if read as a standalone, I think the reader could benefit by knowing what has happened in her past.There are a few twists with this novel, that I didn’t see coming. It really is an amazing ride.

  • Jo Barton
    2019-05-31 10:58

    When an appalling event shows up on a social media video channel depicting the horrific death of a captive live on line, it opens up a murder mystery which will test the capabilities of the police investigate team to the very limits of their expertise. Keeping one step ahead of a fanatic whose sole purpose is to bring justice to a seemingly random group of corporate people makes for compelling reading.Creatively written with a fine eye for detail, this fourth book in the D I Sean Corrigan series of murder mysteries rolls along at a cracking pace. There is never a lull in the story and the murder mystery at the core of the novel is dangerous, and in this age of social media, frighteningly realistic. There is a voyeuristic quality to the narrative as you can’t help but be drawn into the story and watch in fascinated horror as the perpetrator, nicknamed The Jackdaw, sets out to wreak revenge of the most deadly variety.There is always a danger when you come into an established series so far into it that it becomes impossible to understand how the series works, but the author succeeds in keeping continuity for those readers who have been with him since the beginning whilst at the same time drawing in new readers with just enough back story information for the established characters to make sense.I really enjoyed The Jackdaw. It was great read, not because the book was light on content, far from it, but because once I started reading, I really couldn't put it down and needed to read in fascinated horror, to see just what The Jackdaw would do next.

  • Victoria Goldman
    2019-06-02 16:43

    The Jackdaw is a fast-paced police procedural thriller with lots of twists and turns. This is the fourth DI Sean Corrigan novel. I haven't read the first three books in the series, so read this as a standalone. Although I was missing previous background information to some of the key characters and their relationships, I don't feel that this detracted from the plot.A hooded vigilante known as the Jackdaw is kidnapping wealthy Londoners, all with links to the greedy banking industry. Putting them on trial on 'Your View' (a YouTube equivalent), he invites his audience to be the jury, voting whether the victims are guilty or not guilty. Once the public has voted, the Jackdaw gets the final word as judge and executioner. As the Jackdaw's popularity grows, journalist Jackson will do anything to get a front page story. And DI Sean Corrigan is under pressure to solve the case.I was engrossed in The Jackdaw all the way through and couldn't put it down. I love the author's writing style - intriguing, very visual and highly polished. DI Corrigan's character is well developed, and it's clear that he has a very dark, damaged and possibly destructive personality.Hopefully I will read the first three books soon. And I will be looking out for the fifth book in the series when it's published.I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.