Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.
an undercover police officer tasked with infiltrating a brutal arms ring, wakes
up in a seedy hotel room next to the corpse of his lover and a whole stack of
evidence suggesting he might have killed her.
From here things just get worse. Over the
next twenty four hours he must negotiate the mean streets of London in search
of the real killer pursued by relentless investigator and old friend DI Rio
This is a book about a troubled man having
the ultimate bad day; that just keeps on getting worse. A breakneck, adrenaline
fuelled ride through the darker corners of the capital, a world populated by
Russian mobsters, their hired hands and undercover cops where nothing is what
it seems and allegiances are fluid.
Given the frantic pace she sets on page
one and keeps up for a further four hundred and the presence of a central
character capable of taking the sort of punishment that would hospitalise a
regiment of commandos Dreda Say Mitchell’s novel should be firmly
in the entertaining but silly category. It certainly hits the former target and
manages to deftly avoid the latter.
This is done by Mitchell giving several of
her key characters conflicted loyalties that both make them vulnerable and
capable of enduring otherwise intolerable situations. She also writes with
clarity and authenticity about the parts of London that don’t make it into the
tourist brochures where life is cheap and crime is just business as usual.
This is a compelling and action packed thriller
that will please fans of her previous books and have those who haven’t read her
work before wondering what they’ve been missing. Dreda Say Mitchell is one of
the most distinctive voices in British crime writing and on the strength of
this book is at the top of her game.