Capital Punishment, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


A crime thriller to take you on a terrifying journey into London's dark side. Beautiful Alyshia D'Cruz has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing.

But one night she takes the wrong cab home. Charles Boxer, expert in high-stakes kidnap resolution, teams up with his ex-partner, investigative cop Mercy Danquah, who's battling with their rebellious teenage daughter. Alyshia's father hires Boxer, who knows all about the tycoon's colourful career, which has made him plenty of enemies.

But despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favouring a cruel and lethal game ...To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London's home-grown crime lords. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is a journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781409139027



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I am rather surprised that I didn't like this book more. The story is founded on a strong plot building upon a promising start with the kidnap of Alyisha d'Cruz as she makes her way home after a boisterous evening out with her colleagues. The pickup seems to have been very well-planned and we gradually learn that Alyisha is the daughter of an Indian billionaire who is suspected of close connections with the Indian mafia that has sprung up in the hinterland of the burgeoning international success of the Bollywood industry.Charles Boxer, former soldier and homicide detective who has established a reputation as a hostage negotiator is called in to intercede, and from that point the novel plummets into egregious implausibility.All in all, rather a feeble story despite a very promising start.

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