They're above the law and they're watching her every move...A compulsively readable thriller, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson.
The lines between good and bad are indistinguishable...On the North Wales coast two people traffickers are brutally murdered; a drug dealer is mown down in inner-city Stockport and in a remote Pennine cottage a police informant is shot dead.
Seemingly random, these murders are the work of one professional hitman.
Reluctantly, Marie Donovan takes on another undercover role and finds herself working with DI Jack Brennan, a high-flying detective with a tarnished career.
Soon, mistrustful of each other and their superiors, both begin to suspect that they are mere pawns in a complex game of criminal rivalry and police corruption.
As Marie struggles to uncover the truth, she realises that nothing is as it seems.
With every move, she draws the threat ever closer until ultimately the killer is watching Marie herself.
Out on her own, she finds herself with no friends, no-one to trust and nowhere to hide.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 12/11/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847562876
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Review by SteveAldous
First up I have never come across as many typos in a published novel before. The proof editing is poor and this carries over into the editing of the novel as a whole. There is too much repetition and too many scenes that are in dire need of being chopped down. There in lies the major flaw of this book. As a result the page count of nearly 400 is probably double the length the story deserves. There is little tension and no pacing, resulting in a long plod of a read with a wrap-up that has to be explained rather than described. Also, having not read the first in the series I had obviously missed out on some of the set up. It looks like this series is being written like many of today's modern TV dramas with a story arc that requires investment. As such I feel the writer will alienate the casual reader.