This book is beyond excellent it is a true work of literature. The bombed out landscape and the wave of crime hitting ordinary Londoners who are trying to survive as best they can on rations serve as a metaphor for mental desolation and despair. The author explores three points of view, the killer, the victim and the detective - they are all fighting inner demons and trying to work out what the point of existence really is. The prevailing cynicism is offset by the young female police officer who is looking to the future and presages a better life to come - perhaps. This is a book which really makes you think and question certainties; it is a relatively short in length but very wide in the intellectual challenge it will give you. The narrator is splendid and his voice is perfect for this tale, I cannot praise him enough. Daniel Weyman makes an extremely moving tribute to Sian Busby at the end of the book which will no doubt give you an added insight into the content of the book.
This is an exciting thriller and the idea of using two narrators is excellent as this avoids a female reader doing exaggerated husky voices and for a male reader to try out irritating soprano efforts. Mike Lockyer the detective is extremely likeable and human. The intrigue is led at an agreable pace. This is my first encounter with Clarie Donoghue and I look forward to reading other books by this promising author.
Jack Frost has got to be one of the most endearing creations in detective fiction. His long-running antagonism with Mullet his superior is always amusing. Here he is investigating an outbreak of burglaries and the murder of a young girl. A black policeman has been drafted in from East London and in this early 1980s provincial town that makes something of a stir. The men work well as a team and unravel the mystery but it is the humour of the author and the characterisation of Frost that really make me want to listen to the end. The narrator is absolutely splendid and his performance really brings the book to life. It has to be said that the book has a very English feel to it so I don't know if American readers might find it so funny but I can only reccommend them to give it a try!
After listening to the other two books in this series I could not wait for this one,brilliant
I have loved all these books you get so attached to fin mccloud I would recommend all these books.