I AM NEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER.
This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders. However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath.
Sheehan and his team rush headlong down a series of blind alleys in the pursuit of the psychopath, who continues to murder his victims with impunity. He is fiendishly clever, utterly ruthless, and tests Sheehan’s famed intuition to the limit. Indeed, Sheehan only learns the truth during a horrific climax when some members of his team experience a most harrowing ‘laceration of the soul’ that they will never be able to forget. It is unlikely that the reader will either.
5 out of 5 stars
I have yet to read a novel by Brian O’Hare that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and The Dark Web Murders is no exception. Over the years I’ve grown to know and love Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team. I enjoy following the clues that have been so expertly laid out by O’Hare and try to figure out who the murderer is? Sheehan will be pushed to the edge in this particular story, unknowingly placing himself and his team in the crosshairs. The killer is a real piece of work, a psychopathic monster, and the other suspects involved are no better. The story touches on the dark side of humanity and will likely make you squirm as you read. I know I did. I think what makes it so horrifying, at least for me, is to know that no matter how terrible, what happens in the Dark Web is a very real part of our society. If you enjoy thrillers, if you like to follow the clues and try to figure out a murder mystery for yourself, you can’t go wrong with novels by Brian O’Hare. The Dark Web Murders is an excellent crime novel that sits right up there with the best of them.