1st October 2014.
This is a truly gritty crime thriller about hatred and revenge. Brutal action is pared down to the absolute basics of vengeance and score-settling by the protagonist, Joe., who returns from fighting in the Falklands to discover that Brenda, the only woman he has ever felt anything for, has been murdered on the orders of a London crime boss. But there is nothing romantic about this hard man. The moment in which he buys Brenda a dress from a market stall – the wrong size – is almost the only glimpse the reader is given of an empty heart that has never allowed itself to love. He is not a sympathetic character, yet the reader is strangely drawn into his sad and misdirected life.