On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.
Step forward Alex Cartwright (Andrew Scott), MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer who must find out the truth. But it’s easier said than done, as he discovers that whoever ordered the assassination has covered their tracks very well indeed. Along with Ellen Townsend, his trusted second-in-command, Cartwright finds himself embroiled in a race against time which leads him into the murky heart of Westminster...and beyond.
From the pen of renowned screenwriter and novelist M J Arlidge, featuring an established British cast and with an exclusively-composed musical score, Six Degrees of Assassination is truly a thriller not to be missed.
"Arlidge is a strong new voice in thriller crime fiction. Brave, fearless, and quite terrifying" (Judy Finnegan on Eeny Meeny; selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club)
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Shame - could have been so much better
Yes. The plot line was not predictable, it was full of excitement and twists and the ending was a surprise. A good 'listen to'. Boring it wasn't.
The female deputy prime minister. Fascinating depiction of a woman fighting the establishment of male public school MPs, and it is quite a fight. Inspiring.
The cod accents were excruciating to listen to. Why were.they used? As actors were performing the roles, the Russian and East European parts could have been taken easily by 'native' speakers.
There were several moments that were truly surprising or made me jump. Literally. Some sections were quite shocking.
There were far too many cringe worthy cliches and at times I wondered how the actors could have said them with a straight face. Great acting cast, because it gave me the giggles.
Thin story but I enjoyed the 'Radio 4 drama' style