Jago is a kid from a rough part of London who has worked hard to get a job in a bank. Marcantonio is a member of the 'Ndrangheta crime families from Southern Italy. He is in Germany to learn how to channel their illicit millions towards legitimate businesses.
When Jago witnesses Marcantonio commit a vicious assault, he is drawn into the middle of a delicate surveillance operation....
©2015 Gerald Seymour (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Once again demonstrating his ability to probe the moral murkiness of the spy trade and create an absorbingly diverse ensemble, Seymour crafts a sophisticated, reader-teasing tale." (Sunday Times on The Corporal's Wife)
"When readers get to the nailbiting climax...they may be wondering why they should bother with any other thriller writer." (Independent on The Corporal's Wife)
I normally really enjoy GS' books, in fact Vagabond was my favourite book of 2015, but this was a very poor follow on.
The plot was slow to get going, and the main characters felt familiar, as if they'd been recycled from his earlier work. The background information on the mafia immediately reminded me of " The Collaborator"
The weak story wasn't helped by a tendency to keep going back over earlier parts of the story and to regularly include some pointless lists of places which both combined to give the feeling of an author filling up a word count.
Finally the narration left a lot to be desired, some of the character voices were straight out of " Allo, Allo"
In the final major scene at the mafia boss's house, the police conduct a cursory search then just leave, which didn't feel credible, and gave an impression of hurried plot writing
This definitely isn't GS at the top of his game. Obviously he's getting on a bit now, but I hope he does write another book and gets some of his previous great form back, as this isn't a worthy book for him to bow out on.
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