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Published by Constable, 5 November 2015. ISBN 978-1-4721-2001-4 (PB)
exciting debut thriller from the Observer journalist, Jamie Doward. He
starts with a mutilated corpse on a very remote Kent beach and moves rapidly on
through financial scandal to potentially apocalyptic scenarios. The
initial protagonist is Kate Pendragon, a financial analyst, who has been
seconded to MI5. She and the local DCI, Sorrenson, try to figure out the
reasons for the positioning of the corpse and the reasons why anyone should
kill him. He was a senior banker with a global investment bank which has
serious problems - in that context look at the book's title!
Action moves between the Kent coast, London and the
USA. There a vast array of characters who are rarely what they seem.
Violence is bubbling beneath the surface and, as the stakes become higher
and higher, it frequently breaks through. Everyone has varying motives
and all the modern demons are there - banking crisis, Islamic terrorism, fear
of a nuclear catastrophe and manipulations by organisations like the CIA.
The attempt to wend your way into the interstices of the story is hard
but rewarding. This is a clever, convoluted, modern thriller.
Jennifer S. Palmer
Jamie Dowardhas been a journalist on the Observer for 16
years. In his career, he has worked as a business reporter, the Home Affairs
editor, the Religious Affairs correspondent, the Social Affairs Editor, the
diarist and, currently, its Senior Reporter.
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 &
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.