First published in the late 1980s, Gallows View focuses on the characters and day to day police work in a provincial Yorkshire Dales town. The story follows a series of petty crimes that escalate into more serious ones, dealing with the effects on the victims, perpetrators and police officers.
The story is well-observed and written, easy to read and follow with a gentle pace that allows you to engage with the characters and the issues they have to deal with. In many ways, it reminds me of the Frost series by R D Wingfield, which took a similar approach to the police procedural.
While I prefer the pace, tension and issues covered by today’s crime fiction, Gallows View is still an absorbing and intelligent tale that sustained my interest to the last page.