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by Zoe Sharp
Piatkus, January 2002
340 pages
5.99 GBP
ISBN: 0749932864

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Charlie Fox teaches self-defence. A woman is found dead only hours after she has had an altercation with Charlie, but unbeknownst to her, she was the victim of a homicidal rapist. The owner of the club in which the clash happened offers Charlie a job, but she soon realises that she is the killer’s next target.

KILLER INSTINCT’ is a very British, home-grown mystery. Sharp mixes humour and action, making Charlie Fox an interesting and appealing protagonist. Her interaction with the other characters work well, and her wry humour will bring a smile to the reader’s face. Throughout the novel, Sharp drips information about Fox's past, and she clearly has material for more stories.

The plot itself is not particularly original, and the reader may not find it too difficult to work out the identity of the murderer, but the story is still enjoyable enough for this not to be a problem. It is not a dark and powerful thriller, but there is interest generated by the main character to make the novel tempting. I look forward to reading Sharp’s next novel.

Reviewed by Luke Croll, April 2003

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