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Published by Matador, 28
October 2015. ISBN 978-1-78462-354-8
This book held my interest - and it is quite
long!It is a police proceduralbut with a police team that is a collection
of competent but often rather eccentric characters who had, as I understand it,
been described thoroughly -as a
selection of misfits -in a previous
book.I think I would have found it a
little easier to distinguish the team members if I had read the previous
adventure.The chief Superintendent is
Charlie Smith and the wisecracking between his team members is fun to hear
except for a stylistic matter that I will mention later.
story really rolls along as a prominent and profoundly unlikeable TV journalist
is murdered.He has powerful friends and
the investigation into his death is threatened by their efforts to avoid
interrogation and to hide their activities.Gradually more is discovered and effects on the financial community
discerned.A major feature of the story
is the way that these police get their results without giving fear or favour to
comment on the way the book is written is that the failure to use many elisions
(he'll, I'd etc.) and the reiterated he saids, which give a rather stilted air
to much of the dialogue.
is a thrilling and readable adventure which interested me enough to buy the
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
first story about Chief Superintendent Charlie Smith and his unconventional
team is Why Was She Killed?
Wainman was born
and brought up in Central London, one of seven children. He has worked in
several jobs and has run his own business. He enjoys watching sport and keeping
up with current affairs.
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.