Set in Brighton over the bank-holiday weekend of 1964, an ambitious and handsome young detective named Vince Treadwell is sent down to solve a murder and catch the elusive and powerful gangster Jack Regent. In the tangled web of the crime, Vince falls for Jack's beautiful girlfriend, Bobbie LaVita, and discovers the truth about their own dark past.
This splendid Noir novel starts slowly and builds into a deeply satisfying tale of seedy 1960's Britain. The sexual proclivities of the Establishment highlighted in scandals such as the Profumo Affair is the fulcrum around which an emerging post war liberalism is explored.
The central character is a real fallible human being struggling in a largely corrupt police force and is very likeable.
The narrator Paul Thornley was perfect, although a little research on pronunciation of unfamiliar words would not have gone amiss.
I can only hope for more well crafted works by Danny Miller - I was hooked.
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