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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By Birdie on 09-01-14
Rupert and David: a match made in heaven
I bought this book purely on the basis that it is read by the incomparable Rupert Degas. I swear that man could read a shopping list and I'd be hooked. However, putting Rupert and his many voices to one side, this is a really good, grip you by the collar and drag you along, crime thriller. The main protagonist is a damaged character (aren't we all one way or another?), but this time he's not a maverick cop! Yippee for that! It's well written and has some tense, eebie jeebie moments and also, unusually, some extremely poignant scenes.
I believe this is book one of a series. For me, time will pass too slowly until the next is written and released.
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By hfffoman on 14-02-15
Not a literary masterpiece but a first rate listen
Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances? How does this one compare?
A versatile reader on top form here
Any additional comments?
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.
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