Heaven Sent by Alan Carter
PUBLISHED BY FREMANTLE PRESS
REVIEW BY KRIS WILLIAMS
Cato Kwong is back. Heaven Sent is the fourth book in the Cato Kwong series and like the previous three, does not disappoint.
We first met Cato Kwong after he had been called in to help solve a murder in the small WA town of Hopetoun. After time in Shanghai and Perth he is back in Fremantle with his new wife Sharon Wang, and a baby daughter. He is happy with his life but still trying to find the balance between job and home life as a series of murders of homeless people keep him on the go.
Kwong has been seconded to Major Crimes as part of Task Force Hermes, which has been set up to solve the murders. As the bodies pile up, Cato Kwong and his team desperately try to find something that links them all. There are no witnesses, no camera footage from the CCTV dotted throughout the area. As far as they can tell none of the victims knew each other. Every suspect and every lead becomes a dead end.
Following the murders, online journalist Norman Lip sees this as an opportunity to make a name for himself. In a provocative article aimed at the police he challenges the killer to contact him and explain why he is killing Fremantle’s homeless.
It doesn’t take long to realise that the killings are aimed at getting Kwong’s attention. The murders are very personal. He must now protect his family while trying to quickly find the link that will lead him to the killer. Who is the killer and why target Kwong? Carter takes us on a tour of Fremantle and surrounds setting the scene of a place he knows really well.
I like Alan Carter’s writing. I like the way he develops his characters and sense of place. As is usual with his writing, there is good balance between the plot and the personal stories of his characters. Cato Kwong is not perfect but he is a good cop. He often bends, and sometimes breaks the rules, but like most of us he is trying to balance his life as a husband and father with the demands of his job and not always succeeding.
Alan Carter is also the author of Marlborough Man, which is set in New Zealand. There is another Cato Kwong book in the works as well as another in the Marlborough Man series. Add them to your reading list and you will soon become a fan.
Find this novel in store at Planet Books. Ask the friendly staff for guidance too, and they’ll be more than happy to order you in a copy if it’s already sold out.