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Headline, 10 September 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4722-1955-8
Three policemen are dead after a city centre bomb blast. Racial
prejudice is rife, and terrorists who want to create anarchy are top of the
list of suspects. Special Branch are involved, to the great resentment of the
police, who want to look after their own. Drug dealing is mentioned, and senior
politicians have plenty to say. Then rumours begin to fly, of police corruption
right through to the highest ranks.
Anyone could be excused for
thinking that sounds like the basis for thoroughly modern thriller – but anyone
couldn’t be more wrong. In the latest in Anne Perry’s long-running Thomas Pitt
series, it’s still the nineteenth century. It just goes to show that nothing
changes, especially in the criminal world.
Pitt is now head of Special
Branch, a devoted family man, and still passionate in the pursuit of justice no
matter what the cost – and in this complex tale the stakes are pretty high. The
action plays out against a background of political shenanigans involving an
important government contract; several key players have their own axe to grind,
and don’t make Pitt’s difficult job any easier.
The women in his life work
hard on his behalf, but behind the scenes. The main players are strongly drawn,
and familiar from previous books in the series: Charlotte, Pitt’s supportive
wife; Emily, his socialite sister-in-law, now married to an ambitious member of
Parliament, and able to mix in useful circles; Gracie, formerly Pitt and
Charlotte’s maid, now married to Tellman, his police liaison, and feistily
determined to ensure he does what his conscience tells him is right. We also
meet Cecily, whose husband and son are embroiled in the matter: fragile on the
surface, she reveals a core of steel.
As Pitt and Tellman dig
deeper, they uncover secrets they would prefer didn’t exist, but as is their
way, they make sure that right prevails – though there are times when the
reader as well as the protagonists wonder if the odds are stacked too high.
Anne Perry’s many fans will
enjoy this latest episode in Pitt’s developing career – though one has to
wonder how much higher he can climb. Wherever he goes, though, we can rest
assured he will continue to be fearless and determined in the pursuit of
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Anne Perry was born
in Blackheath, London England in October 1938.Anne had various jobs but there was never
anything she seriously wished to do except write. Her publishing
career began with The Cater Street
Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to
feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte.
It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes. In 1990, Anne started a
second series of detective novels with The Face
of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and feature the private
detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story
"Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious
five-book series set during the First World War.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.