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 realises he's hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary - one who won't stop until his mission is complete. Author Luke Delaney answers our questions about his fourth DI Sean Corrigan book.
The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney is out this week from HarperCollins for £12.99.
Sum up your book in three words
Different. Challenging. Topical.
Where did the initial idea come from?
Two sources. The first was speaking to a banker from the City who one minute was telling me he never tells anyone he’s a banker anymore because there was so much hatred towards them after the banking crisis and the next he was spitting tacks because his Christmas bonus had been cut from £2 million to a mere £1 million – apparently so as to not upset the public too much. I told him he and his kind might want to wind their necks in for a while.
The second was those dreadful messages parading kidnap victims the Islamic terrorists like so much. Disturbingly powerful. I’ve always been a bit surprised others haven’t already used in the way The Jackdaw does.
How was the title chosen?
I was just trying to think of a name for the main protagonist, which I knew would also be the title and jackdaws came to mind. I like jackdaws. I like their strength in unity, so that was that. I also knew the publishers would probably go for a picture of a jackdaw for the cover if I called it The Jackdaw and reckoned that would be pretty cool. It worked. I got the cover I wanted.
What’s your writing routine?
Don’t really have one – too busy with other life stuff. As and when I can really. Sometimes two minutes – sometimes two hours. I never know how much time I’ll get.
Which book do you wish you’d written?
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Brilliant!
What’s your favourite word in the English language?
Who’s your favourite fictional character?
Quint – the shark fisherman from "Jaws" – played by Robert Shaw.
What was your favourite book as a child?
I didn’t really read when I was a kid. Too busy falling out of trees and being chased by the police.
What book are you recommending to everyone at the moment?
Red Dragon still.
What do books and reading mean to you?
Education and entertainment.