Certainly an exciting read - though for my taste too many gangsters popping up out of nowhere and starting the action all over again. More like a war zone than an English county.
I was going to say this book was in need of a good edit, until I got to the end and found it had three editors, a copy editor and a proof-reader. I don’t understand how some of the misused words (the one I laughed at was when they got him ‘banged to rights’) and Americanisms got past them all. The police wore ‘slickers’, people led a ‘hardscrabble’ existence, lived in the ‘backcountry’ and had ‘home invasion homicides’ (in Sussex).
I found the familiarity between police of different ranks unconvincing - bordering on insubordination - but the author has served in the police so I guess he should know. (Would an inspector really call a subordinate ‘sarge’? Isn’t that just used by the PCs/DCs?)
Too many unlikely (and violent) twists and turns, and the uneven writing made it a very run-of-the-mill thriller and I won’t be looking for more by this author.
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