A bizarre death leads to discoveries about low-tech industrial espionage, but is selling details of your employer's customer base to their rivals a reason for murder?
Appearances deceive, and it transpires the victim may have been the victim of a mistaken identity.
DI Charlie Priest is content in his work, and his home life shows signs of improving.
When his new girlfriend, a former world-class athlete known as La Gazelle, wins her comeback race his happiness overflows.
But, when a second mysterious death turns up on their patch, Charlie and his team find themselves under pressure to discover what catalyst motivates the killer.
They suspect it might be Charlie himself, and this is confirmed when La Gazelle is kidnapped.
Now it's getting personal...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 01/02/2006
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780749082673
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Review by Eyejaybee
Another solid performance from Staurt Pawson, once more featuring the very Likeable Detective Inspector Charlie Priest. The book opens with the discovery of the body of Alfred Armitage, an old man who had been found electrocuted in his own home. The initial assumption is that he has committed suicide, but there are certain oddities that cause the police to look a little more deeply into Mr Armitage's past. It turns out that since the death of his wife a few years earlier he had taken to drinking heavily and had been prone to the occasional bigoted rant about the state of the country and his beliefs about the root of the problems. Just another pub bore, really (and I am all too familiar with them from the puib i used to frequent in Highgate!). However, despite the fairly modest circumstances of his small house and dowdy clothing, it transpires that he had over £340,000 in the bank.Priest and his team start to delve further until another murder occurs, this time of a lowlife character who had been a player in Heckley's criminal fringe. This murder has all the trappings of a vigilante's campaign, with the body strung up in a humiliating pose. Are the murders connected? And, if so, how?Pawson's books are always based in plausibility and the detective work to unravel these crimes is solid rather than spectacular. However, the effect is always pleasing, and this proves to be another creditable addition to the oeuvre.