When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector John Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment, and the hugely powerful Zenger media group.
Hunting down Brown's killer, Carlyle finds himself going head to head with his nemesis, Trevor Miller. A former police officer turned security adviser to the Prime Minister, Miller has dirty money in his pockets and other people's blood on his hands. Untouchable until now, he is prepared to kill again to protect his position - having failed once already to dispose of Carlyle he is not prepared to slip up again....
James Craig is a media professional living in central London. Born in Scotland, he has lived and worked in London for over 30 years. He supports Liverpool FC.
This book by Hames Craig has everything I like in my mystery: police procudure (a bit), good detectives with British Isles accents, set in the now, intelligent, all kinds of characters, sleazy politics, The touch of humor is a big plus for me.
Carlye has multiple cases to juggle, phone hacking, murder, a missing teenager and his old nemesis Trevor raises his ugly head.
The plot , observations and characters are unforgiving, JC again exposes the unsavoury side of the politic landscape, revealing the very real possibilities that may and probably do go on in real life.
Cynical, brusque and in no way perfect Carlye fire fights between one case and another navigating a political landscape that is so self serving, and preoccupied with their own self importance and survival I had no problem in relating it to the political machinations of today.
I laughed out loud several times despite the sombre tone and subject matter,finding light relief in his outrageous observations, anecdotes and blokey humour as Carlyle again manages with regularity to find himself in the centre of several high profile cases.
There's lots going on, maybe too much, I still don't like this inspector very much but I was entertained despite this or maybe because of it.
As I've said before Joe Jameson the narrator gives life to Carlyle, and other characters, that made it credible.and easy to listen to.
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Very disappointing . Felt as if it was clearing up stories that hadn't been finished previously which took over the majority of the narrative from the quite promising storylines at the start. Has James Craig run out of ideas or was this just a filler? The jury's out.