This wasn't really a crime novel at all which was a bit annoying. It was more like a a novel describing the differences between the Dr/lawyer types with smart cars and large houses, and those who live on social housing estates.
It was interesting to find out more about Serrailler and his family though, but not to the detriment of the plot of the missing child which seemed to be thrown in for good measure. He appears to be good at his job, but in his personal life his attitude towards women isn't that good. Having said that, Diana Mason should stop the self pitying what did I do wrong attitude, grow up and have a bit of self respect, and stop chasing around after him when it's blatantly obvious he doesn't want her.
Would an American no matter how rich, seriously offer £1 million for a project on the same day that he'd heard about it. Not very likely.
And so a character on the social housing estate prepares 'white toast'. So what! This comes across as being snobbish, and the author obviously thinks that eating white toast is working class, and that the middle classes only eat wholemeal toast.
As well as these niggles, I found the plot somewhat flat with very little action, an unresolved ending, and with the crime secondary to Serrailler and his family.
The only redeeming part for me was Andy, after coming out of prison and getting himself involved with a car theft, finally appears to have something going for him.
I've already bought the third book which I'll read, but if it's written in the same way, I may not bother with any more.
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