August 1958. DI Stratton has just been posted to Notting Hill. Stratton's new manor is rife with racial tension. The end of the war saw a flood of Caribbean migrants. Now, a decade later, working-class Teddy Boys are showing mounting hostility towards their black neighbours.
Notorious landlord Danny Perlmann, a Polish refugee, is taking full advantage and is making a fortune off the high rents he charges. Caught in the middle of this war over rents and turf is Irene, a young runaway on the verge of going on the game. When Perlmann's rent collector is murdered, Stratton is called to investigate.
Notting Hill is a cauldron, and Stratton is right at the heart of it.
©2013 Laura Wilson (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"An excellent series continues"
Time is moving on for DI Statton and an insight into changing social attitudes have been skilfully interwoven with each book's main plot throughout the series. Finding his feet on his new and very different patch Stratton is now caught up with slum landlords and racial tensions. A good thought provoking story as always brilliantly read by Sean Barrett.
"Great Period Feel"
Excellent period feel on this novel set in the race riots of the late 50's in Notting Hill. The dialogue was totally convincing and Sean Barrett is one of the great narrators anyway. It is totally convincing as a novel that was actually written at the time which is a great achievement. I enjoy the combo of Laura Wilson and Sean Barrett.
"Strafford on the run!"
I have a sneaking feeling Ms Wilson is preparing us for Inspector Strafford's imminent departure from the realms of detective fiction . Hope not, but the way he's been galloping about London, going without proper meals, and no sleep, not to mention all the various crims he's been tangling with, it's enough to see anyone off. The story is less confusing than the last book, but I still found some characters indistinguishable from each other. I do feel that even a policeman in the 50's would not have used some of the language employed in this story. But Strafford's such a good egg, I'm always willing to give the book a go.
"Racism is not new"
Fifties, west indian imigrants, prejudice
A real feel of the period, with Rackman like landlords and prejudice against the new west indian immigrants.
I like all his performances, one of my favourite narrators
I have listened to two others from this author, both DS Stratton, and they are all well thought out novels with characters that you really end up rooting for. The narrator is absolutely spot on, excellent performance every time.
I have SO enjoyed this, the last in a hugely enjoyable series! All of them have had a lovely sense of period and are interestingly plotted. They have believable characters one really cares about - and are beautifully read (as usual!) by Sean Barrett. All in all I am now in mourning! I just hope that Laura Wilson is busy writing the next one!
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