Review: After the Flood by Dave Warner

 

Title: After the Flood {Dan Clement #4}

Author: Dave Warner

Published: 2nd August 2022, Fremantle Press

Status: Read September 2022 courtesy Fremantle Press

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My Thoughts:

 

Set in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, After the Flood is the fourth book by Dave Warner to feature Detective Inspector Dan Clement, though it also works effectively as a stand alone.

As his team handles a spate of petty crimes including an unruly protest, the theft of explosive materials, and vandalism of a vaccination clinic, DI Dan Clement, lonely and missing his teenage daughter, is feeling restless and longing for a distraction. Fate obliges with the discovery of a body, naked with tire tread marks on his chest and railroad spikes driven through his palms in a remote area of a cattle station, and Clement finds himself in a race to prevent a deadly scheme.

In what is a tightly plotted, engaging police procedural, Clement and his squad’s challenge is to identify the dead man, and then methodically gather evidence that might explain the reason for his gruesome murder, and reveal his killer. Warner offers several red herrings leading to a succession of dead ends that frustrate the officers, but just as the case seems to stall, a surprising connection is made. The tension rises sharply as the pieces then rapidly fall into place, leading to an explosive finish.

Themes explored in After the Flood include family, trauma, grief, revenge and disenfranchisement. Warner also raises topical issues such as corporate greed, social justice, and eco-terrorism.

The setting of After the Flood is well realised. Clement’s Major Crime Squad are based in Broome but their territory is extensive, and both its geographical and social features can complicate their investigations.

Offering intrigue and excitement, After the Flood is a well written police procedural that I sincerely enjoyed.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 06:30:01

    This sounds excellent! It’s going on my TBR list.

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  2. WendyW
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 06:30:48

    This sounds good. I love the setting. Nice review, Shelleyrae!

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  3. Jennifer
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 07:54:37

    I agree, Shelleyrae, a terrific read!

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  4. sandysbookaday
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 16:34:59

    Glad you enjoyed this too, Shelleyrae. ❤📚

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  5. Mystica
    Sep 29, 2022 @ 14:05:24

    I like the setting particularly.

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