By Luke Delaney
Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan isn't really like different detectives. An unthinkable early life left him with a fierce choice to guard the blameless. however it additionally marked him with a capability to spot the darkness in others--a darkness he acknowledges nonetheless exists deep inside himself.
When a tender guy is located brutally murdered, Corrigan, chargeable for South London's homicide research crew, takes the case. yet what first seems to be a simple household homicide in a short time leads Corrigan to numerous different sufferers and the main risky killer he's ever encountered. The offender adjustments his modus operandi with every one crime and leaves at the back of now not a shred of usable forensic proof. nonetheless, Corrigan understands past a doubt that an identical guy is at the back of every one of those deaths, and he quickly unearths himself in a deadly video game of cat and mouse with a killer who moves a long way too with reference to domestic.
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He beamed. ‘‘Wide-range circuitry that detects transmitters operating on frequencies from fifty megahertz to three gigahertz. Plus it’s got an internal antenna that picks up the horizontal oscillator frequency radiated by video cameras. I’ve optimized it for the PAL standard, which is what you’re most likely to encounter, but I can change it to NTSC or SECAM if you want. Reception isn’t great because it’s so small, so you won’t be able to tell where the bug or camera is, only that one is there.
But I nodded and slipped it into an inside pocket of the blazer I was wearing. I signaled the bartender that it was time for another Lagavulin. ’’ I asked. ‘‘I did. ’’ ‘‘Just a thank-you. ’’ I wondered if she had bought the story. If she hadn’t thanked Harry for his response, I would have known she hadn’t bought it, because she was classy and it wouldn’t have been like her not to respond. But the thank-you might have been automatic, sent even in the presence of continued suspicions. It could even have been duplicitous, intended to lull Harry into thinking she was satisfied when in fact the opposite was true.
After the events of September eleventh in the United States, the Metropolitan Police Force undertook a major initiative to link up these informal networks of cameras with a central database that runs advanced facial recognition software. The software reads characteristics that are difficult or impossible to obscure—the distance be- H ARD R AIN 33 tween the eyes, for example, or the precise angles of the triangle formed by the corners of the eyes and the center of the mouth. Now, when a camera gets a match for a photograph from the database, an alert is automatically sent to the appropriate authorities.
Cold Killing: A Novel by Luke Delaney