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From one of the UK's biggest crime writers - the man who brought you the best-selling Inspector McLean novels - comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth. 

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. 

Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. 

In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief...right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head. 

There's no place to hide and no time to cry.

©2018 James Oswald (P)2018 Headline Limited

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  • Simon
  • 07-26-18

Oswald's Altered Mirror Images!

Given the faith in his own writing that Oswald showed by self-publishing his first Inspector McLean novel it felt inevitable that he would not want himself to be constrained by a single lead protagonist and so Constance Fairchild must have been born. Oswald's new series is once again a crime thriller but in many ways it's everything the McLean series is not. It's a first person, single POV story of a young and feisty Detective Constable hundreds of miles away working for the Met Police in London. Of course with Oswald things aren't going well for Con when we join her and they don't improve a great deal as things go on. She's plunged into danger from the off and suspicion falls on her when her boss is brutally executed.

I will be very interested to see what our lady reviewers make of this one as Oswald does what felt to this male ignoramus a very decent job of portraying a strong and very enjoyable female character. Much better than a number of more feted thriller writers have managed in recent years anyway. She's spunky, swears a lot but is never OTT, she feels like a finely balanced character and one worthy of her own series. This is also mostly much more direct than the McLean series and there is less attempt to build a loveable set of characters like the wonderful Grumpy Bob and Mrs McCutcheon's cat. There is however an appearance from one of my favourite denizens of McLean's Edinburgh which I particularly enjoyed. This confirms that Fairchild occupies the same world with the same laws of (super)nature perhaps . . .

Rose Ackroyd gives a fine performance with good narrative and character voicing though part of the way through she became very slightly husky suggesting a small throat problem though it never spoils it.

Fans of Oswald are likely to enjoy this book I would imagine but it is very different in style, you aren't getting a female Inspector McLean by any stretch and as Oswald suggests in an introduction read by himself she isn't quite so married to the job. It is damn good though and I have no reservations in recommending it with the only caveat being that if you're after more of the same from Oswald you might be disappointed.

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  • Jools
  • 07-26-18

Brilliant

From start to finish this book kept me on tenderhooks, fantastic start to new series of books and well narrated , looking forward to book 2.

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  • Vicstervic
  • 08-03-18

Brilliant new series (hopefully)

As usual with James Oswald you really empathise with the lead character. Con is a woman on a mission and I was with her every step of the way.

The narration from Rose Akroyd was really clear, it took her a chapter to really get into it but once she had it was a classy act.

I really hope this turns into another series from Oswald, I love the Maclean books and it's good to hear a female voice as well.

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  • Val McWilliam
  • 08-02-18

Great introduction to a new character

Love the Tony McLean books so was very keen to read more from James Oswald.
Good story, grew to like Con and look forward to hearing more of her story.
Very well narrated too

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  • Marjory Lamb
  • 08-01-18

Well worth 5 stars

Again James Oswald writes another excellent winner. His introduction to the leading lady Cam ticks all the boxes for a brilliant new series. The book was well written with a great story line full of twists and turns making it exciting listening. The narrator was also worth 5 stars. I cannot wait for book 2

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  • Wras
  • 08-20-18

A good beginning

A good start to a new series, with an interesting female character that is likeable and has lots of promise.
A tighter detective story less defined by atmospherics even when encountering a character from the other series.
I like this writer and his style in general but the Edinburgh series took to long to define itself and its reality with one foot in horror and but all the rest in reality, this one seems more grounded and more accessible to follow its logic.


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  • Penny
  • 08-03-18

undecided

Not as satisfying as previous James Oswald's DI MacLean, hoping she will grow on me with more books.
Easy to listen to, engaging but lightweight. Love the connection with Madame Rose, hoping the two meet again.

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  • lizzy
  • 08-02-18

Oh dear !

Oswald one of my favourite author so I only hope it was the narrator that made this a difficult listen please can we have someone else.

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  • Flint
  • 08-06-18

An Excellent Start to the New Series

I was so attached to the characters in the earlier books that I didn’t think I would like a new series with different characters, but I loved it. I like the slightly supernatural element to the books and I’m pleased that the cat theme has continued in this series too. It was reassuring to (briefly) encounter a well loved character from the Inspector McLean series and I hope that will continue in future books.

Part of the attraction of the first series was the wonderful narration by Ian Hanmore. This book is set mainly in England and a very different narrator was required. I think Rose Akroyd did very well, by the second or third chapter I was totally immersed in the book and entirely comfortable with her narration. I think she was a good choice, she suits the main character and she deals effortlessly with a wide range of characters and accents.

Overall this was an excellent start to the new series and I hope we do not have to wait too long for the next book from James Oswald.

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 08-05-18

Truly Dissapointed

I love Inspector McLean and awaited eagerly this new series but I didn't enjoy it at all. It may have been the narrator who put me off as she seemed to have the same monotone voice for all situations and none of the different characters stood out at all. Every character apart from Conn’s police colleagues (who were just given a cockney characterisation), were voiced as ‘posh’ and this didn’t help me to warm to the story. The jury is definitely ‘out’ and if presented with Book 2 right now I would give it a miss.

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