In London, a newly-arrived Kurdish immigrant is brutally murdered by Turkish people-traffickers. The dead man’s wife, Irena, flees to East Anglia where she disappears into the murky world of illegal foreign workers. Reporter Joe Verdi goes undercover as a migrant worker to try to find Irena. But he’s not the only one looking for her – the Turks are also on her trail. Meanwhile, Joe’s colleague, Elli Mason, is following up the story of a typhoid outbreak. Three people have contracted the disease and the only link between them seems to be a supermarket chain. As the two reporters’ investigations come together, they discover there is a price to pay for cheap food – and sometimes that price is people’s lives.
©2008 Paul Adam (P)2009 Isis Publishing
This is unputdownable fiction with an uncomfortable storyline.
The central character, a journalist, falls into the plot of a potential scoop. He puts his life on the line to get to the bottom of a series of callous executions and in doing so transforms the lives of those around him.
This novel exposes the heavy human and moral cost of cheap supermarket food but in an un preachy way. I was nailed to my metaphorical seat from start to finish. Beautifully written by Adam Paul whose characters breathe life into the tale and impeccably narrated as ever by Sean Barrett
"Another excellent listen from Paul Adam"
I came to this after thoroughly enjoying Paganini' Ghost. I was a little concerned at the beginning that I might find the subject matter (exploitation of illegal immigrants) too harrowing. However the way this was approached enabled me to stick with it and enjoy yet another good storyline from this author. This man obviously does his homework and the issues covered in Knife Edge have changed my slant on both the subject of immigrant workers and the questionable methods employed in the food chain. I will certainly look at both quite differently in the future. Another good read by the excellent Sean Barrett.
"An excellent contemporary thriller set in the UK"
This was the second Paul Adam book that I have listened to and it was even better than the first. Within this genre, there was a sufficiently rich and complex set of characters to complement the plot and whose back stories were touched upon in enough detail to make them believable. The story had two main threads that were interwoven to produce a coherent narrative and it drew on topical issues that will resonate with anyone living in the UK today. There were good changes of pace that reflected the situation of the protagonists. If there is a minor criticism, it is that the plot fitted together too well, so that small elements of detail in the later part of the story telegraphed the endgame. Finally, the narrator gave a virtuoso performance that made the characters and the story come alive. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a thriller with a good plot and good characterisation. Without doubt, I will certainly be listening to Paul Adam's other books.
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