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Published by Matador, 28th
May 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78803375-6 (PB)
Detective Sergeant Jack Todd is called to the murder
of Terry Dehavilland, a newspaper reporter who had been jailed previously for
phone hacking a Government Minister's telephone and had recently been released.
His boss then gives him Terry's address and instructs him to go and have a look
He breaks in the back door, finds a
computer, and when he turns it on sees it contains Terry's journal. It has
details of how he started digging the dirt on well-known people, some high up
in the government. One particular article describes famous men involved in
child abuse cases mainly concerning a home called Knoxley Hall. While he is reading this, a Lucy Mainwaring, a
journalist comes in, and says she has been sent to confront him with an
accusation that he preys on women, which he vehemently denies. It is obvious to
him that they have both been set up, but why? Lucy takes some convincing but
finally comes around to his way of thinking.
Todd decides to follow up some of
the leads in Terry's journal. He reads that a Lord Warrington is one of the men
involved together with two bent policemen, Norcross and Barrowclough and a
Bishop Frobisher another well-known figure. However, he does not realise what
dangerous enemies he is making, delving into their lives, as he finds to his
Then the laptop is stolen, but
Lucy, now helping Todd has managed to scan the contents onto her phone. She is
determined not only to expose the child abusers but also to make a big name for
herself as the person who helped bring them all to book. Even when it seems her
own father is involved.
However, the men in high places
have other ideas and are just as determined to stop anyone exposing their
identities and all activities both past and present, with dire consequences.
Quite a thought provoking subject
which has many parallels to the recent scandals involving names at Westminster
suspected of child abuse. In fact, in the Postscript at the back of the book,
there is mention of a paedophile ring associated with Elm Guest house in the
1980's and how the scandal was hushed up and that enquiries since have really
not achieved anything at all.
Recommended reading for those
interested in government 'cover ups'.
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