The chameleon's shadow
When Lieutenant Charles Acland is flown home from Iraq with serious head injuries, he faces not only permanent disfigurement but also an apparent change to his previously outgoing personality.
Crippled by migraines, and suspicious of his psychiatrist, he begins to display sporadic bouts of aggression, particularly against women, especially his ex-fiancee who seems unable to accept that the relationship is over.
After his injuries prevent his return to the army, he cuts all ties with his former life and moves to London. Alone and unmonitored, he sinks into a private world of guilt and paranoid distrust . . . until a customer annoys him in a Bermondsey pub . . .
Out of control and only prevented from killing the man by the intervention of a 250-pound female weightlifter called Jackson, he attracts the attention of police who are investigating three 'gay' murders in the Bermondsey area which appear to have been motivated by extreme rage . . .
Under suspicion, Acland is forced to confront the real issues behind his isolation. How much control does he have over the dark side of his personality? Do his migraines contribute to his rages? Has he always been the duplicitous chameleon that his ex-fiancee claims?
And why - if he hates women - does he look to a woman for help?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
It was a great reading. I liked the injured Lieutenant Charles Acland. He had his secrets but was also one of the reliable characters. The police made a fool of themselves. Mostly nothing has been coordinated and they were far behind the truth. Without the help of Acland and his doctor Jackson who was helping him, no case would have been solved. The story is very gripping and let me guessing until the very last page.
Review: The Chameleon's ShadowUser Review - Goodreads
I had mixed feelings about this book.Though blessedly clear of the extreme nastiness and mayhem seen in the works of McDermid et al, it abandons what could be the really interesting tale of a messed ...