Never Apologise, Never Explain, Paperback Book
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Carlyle is attempting too much and achieving too little and he's upsetting all the wrong people - this time it could be terminal...Jake Haggar has been kidnapped by his father who is threatening to sell the boy to a paedophile ring. Carlyle is struggling to get him back. It's not his case but it is his problem - it was his fault Jake was taken in the first place. But Carlyle's own caseload includes the murder of Agatha Mills. Her husband, Henry, has been arrested for murder but his explanation is so outlandish that Carlyle wonders if it may just be true. Agatha is the sister of William Pettigrew, a priest killed in Chile during the Fascist coup in 1973 and after 30 years of campaigning, Agatha was about to see his killer brought to justice. So a seemingly straightforward case of murder quickly escalates into a diplomatic incident that has Carlyle, once again, clashing with his bosses and their political masters...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781849015844

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Another very sounds offering from James Craig, and a worthy successor to last year's "London Calling".As with his previous novel there are several plot lines unwinding throughout the book, but Craig manages them very well, moving towards a highly plausible (if still unexpected) conclusion. Carlyle's principle case relates to the murder of Agatha Mills in her own flat in Great Russell Street in the early hours of the morning. The doors and windows are all locked leaving her confused husband a the only viable suspect ... or is he?Meanwhile Carlyle becomes involved in a politically-motivated series of murders on a small political campaigning group called the Daughters of Dismas who are protesting against Western mercenary activity in Iraq. And, to cap it all, a young boy has gone missing, resumed abducted by his drug-dealing father. Carlyle has a lot on his plate.

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