Summary

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved - and murdered - niece is one of them.
For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end. His boss may be telling him he's too close to work the case, but this isn't something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood. But before he can, he must tell his brother, Ron, the terrible news.
And there is no predicting how he will react. Impulsive, dangerous and alarmingly well connected, Ron will act first and think later. Harry may have a murderer to find, but if he isn't careful he may also have a murder to prevent.
©2017 A. A. Dhand (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Critic reviews

"Outstanding - relentless, multi-layered suspense and real human drama make this a crime debut to relish." (Lee Child)
"A tense slice of neo-noir that has won Dhand comparisons to both BBC drama Luther and HBO's The Wire." ( Observer)
"A sombre, gritty race through the unsettling underbelly of the city...compelling and unflinching." ( Yorkshire Post)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 05-03-18

Niche Appeal?

I see some of my fellow reviewers have been a little savage about this one. I can certainly understand some of the points being made and plenty of people are likely to have a problem with the heavily accented narration. That said I've enjoyed these first two books and I think that Muzz Khan adds real authenticity to the Asian characters. If it all falls apart with the non-Asian characters a bit the Asians are more important to the story and the overall series. It's definitely better this way than having a non-Asian narrator fumble the asian accents. In fairness it took me a while during the first book to tune into it and I didn't like some of the pronunciation but that feeling of it being genuine felt more important. Take a listen to the audio sample and make your own decision.

The story itself delves into some very edgy subjects, it shows the incredibly multi-faceted nature of prejudice and racism within our modern communities. It delves into multiple faiths and reflects how in each there are various levels of commitment to them. The clashes of culture and inter-racial attitudes that exist in today's UK towns are far from simple and I think it's important that these things are given air by authors like Dhand.

The story, well it is a bit far-fetched but no more than say some of Peter James's Roy Grace novels of which I am a big fan. It's hard-hitting with characters that have grown up the tough way in desperate circumstances.

I think the other reviews demonstrate quite reasonably that this isn't going to appeal to everyone but all I can say is that I am enjoying this series and feel that the stories have relevance to our modern day society. The ending which had an almost epic feel to it also suggests that Dhand will be upping the ante somewhat in the next book.

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2 out of 5 stars
By ellen on 19-02-18

Tried, but just couldn't do it!

Only an hour or so to finish but, you know, I just couldn't care less what the out come was!
Really couldn't get on with any of the characters - double standards, racism, thuggish ... and that's only the good guys!
Nah, not for me! Will not be looking for anything else from this series.

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