Title: The Chameleon's Shadow by Minette Walters
Comments: I found this book impossible to put down; I read it in just one night. Horribly disfigured by a roadside bomb in Iraq and forced to leave the only career he has ever wanted, Lieutenant Charles Acland withdraws and cuts himself off from others, violently responding to even the slightest touch. The police, meanwhile, are hunting a killer who has bashed at least three men to death and Lieutenant Acland has the uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and a clear reluctance to defend himself from accusations. But as the novel unravels, alongside with wondering "is he or isn't he the serial killer?", one slowly discovers that the reasons for Aclands withdrawn and violent nature extend far beyond his traumatic experiences in Iraq.