One man. On the hunt for the truth. On the edge of London. And way outside the law. Daniel Connell is a disgraced ex-City lawyer now scraping a living in Essex, a man trying to escape the long shadows of his past.
When an old childhood friend visits him, asking for his help with a case of police brutality, Daniel wants nothing to do with it. But obligations are obligations, and he soon finds himself on the wrong end of police attention, and dragged into the shady business of a local gangster. But there is far more at stake than he could ever have anticipated - including the mystery of what happened to his mother, who disappeared months after he was born. Daniel must keep ahead of his pursuers long enough to uncover the bloody mysteries of the past - and the fate of another young woman, too innocent to protect herself in the midst of a dangerous game. Welcome to Essex.
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Rupert and David: a match made in heaven
Not a literary masterpiece but a first rate listen
A versatile reader on top form here
This is the story of a lawyer caught up with various criminals and lowlifes in his hometown near Romford. I read it as comprising three layers. One layer is a regular thriller in which the bad guys make the Krays seem like saints while the good guys suffer from self-doubt, depression and emotional trauma. Another is the hero's reflections on himself and those around him. The third layer is a little portrait of the stratum of society occupied by the Essex underworld. It is this last that I found most impressive. The dialogue captures their manner to perfection (with perfectly placed f words in nearly every sentence).
Taking into account a couple of unconvincing plot moments, this is a 4 star book made into a 5 star listen by the outstanding reading. His dialogue is every bit as good as Michael Caine or Normal Stanley Fletcher. Rupert Degas deserves a medal for services to audio fiction.