The Devil's Feather "Sadists exist everywhere and war is their theatre," notes journalist Connie Burns, who while covering war in Sierra Leone meets Keith MacKenzie, a Brit mercenary… The Devil's Feather "Sadists exist everywhere and war is their theatre," notes journalist Connie Burns, who while covering war in Sierra Leone meets Keith MacKenzie, a Brit mercenary… 2006-08-22 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Knopf
Book Review

The Devil's Feather (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 22, 2006; Writer: Minette Walters; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Knopf

''Sadists exist everywhere and war is their theatre,'' notes journalist Connie Burns, who while covering war in Sierra Leone meets Keith MacKenzie, a Brit mercenary she suspects of murder, in Minette Walters' thriller The Devil's Feather. Two years later, in Iraq, he kidnaps and terrorizes her for three soul-crushing days. (Walters keeps the details chillingly vague — something to do with dogs and water.) Burns flees to an English country house; while awaiting her Eye of the Needle reckoning with MacKenzie, she unravels an appalling local crime. Walters gracefully balances crowd-pleasing theatrics with a wickedly ambiguous ending.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints