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Published by Quercus, 11 September 2014. ISBN: 978-1-84866-419-7
Lee Arnold, ex-policeman, runs a detective agency in London's East End.
He is dealing with the case of a man who has fraudulently sold the house
which is part owned with his divorced wife, taken all the profits and
disappeared. The situation is, of course, not as straightforward as it
might seem. Simultaneously his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, is working
undercover in a hospital; the case concerns an Egyptian male nurse accused of
possessing a home made bomb and his wife, Salwa, wants Mumtaz to find proof
that Hatem was framed.
Barbara Nadel has excellent
knowledge of the East End and, in particular, its diverse ethnic groups.
She also has a clear grasp of the issues faced in the mental health
system and her hospital background is equally well handled. Neither of
the 2 detectives has a simple life and they both carry considerable baggage
relating to their lives previously. They take quite a lot of pressure physically
and mentally as their investigations progress.
The story is exciting and the
characters fascinating. I enjoyed the ramifications of these cases and
the interaction of the detectives with the people around them. The
tension is ratcheted up to a frightening climax.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Barbara Nadel has a lengthy
series set in Turkey featuring Inspector Ikmen and a short series about Francis
Hancock in the East End during the Blitz. This book is the third about
Hakim and Arnold.
Barbara Nadelwas born in the East End of London. She trained as an
actress, and used to work in mental health services. She now writes full time
and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime
Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel Deadly Web.
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my
reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15
years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but
occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.