Very apt title! There was more description of the various types of torture & killings than was really necessary. I’m sure some of it could have been left out without spoiling the plot. There was also a lot of sexual content, some of it depraved.
This is the second in the Hector Cross series, best to read the first one first. The plot itself was well-worked & came to a suitable if bloody conclusion.
I’ve always enjoyed books by Wilbur Smith but was disappointed because of the gratuitous violence. Won’t be reading any more in this series if there are any.