Published on 7th April 2016 by Zaffre
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes. As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too. And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.
Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson’s new Nathan Cody series.
A Tapping at My Door is my introduction to an author I have had on my radar for some time. This book is the beginning of a brand new series for David Jackson.
The setting is the northern city of Liverpool. We meet Nathan Cody, a police officer who does a bit of undercover work and likes the cut and thrust of MIT. He is a slightly damaged enigma, a man with obvious PTSD. He is paired with former girlfriend, Megan Webley. Soon Cody is hunting a rather bizarre police killer who leaves dead bird calling cards. Police officers in Liverpool are all on alert. Someone is hunting them down, with sadistic intent.
This is an enjoyable and well paced introduction to Cody and how he works. The horror of the bird imagery and the cruelty of the crimes were spot on. I love my crime laced with fear. I found myself growing fond of the obviously unbalanced and erratic Cody. The wounded heroic figure is rather a cliché in crime; Cody has massive potential to grow and evolve as a character. I thought his relationship with his boss was a nice touch. A kind of mother/son dynamic going on.
This is a series I will be keeping an eye on. It is highly readable, has massive potential and the wounded Cody is just lovely.
My thanks to the publishers for sending me a review copy