This is, almost unbelievably, the twenty seventh Alan Banks book, featuring the music loving police officer and his usual team. It is a novel that can be read as a stand-alone work, but it works far better if you’ve read at least some of the previous stories so you know the characters and their back stories and relationships, not to mention the plot and how it’s reached the point from where this tale picks up. In summary, we have a gruesome double murder with apparent links to the Albanian mafia, the rape of a young woman and a kidnapping of one of Banks’ close friends. It soon becomes apparent that the three investigations are interlinked, with a couple of clever plot twists at the denouement. This is a cleverly put together crime novel, which fans of the genre and of course of this series will undoubtedly enjoy. It ends though on quite a downbeat note, which makes one wonder what plans the author has for the future of this long running series.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Police procedurals, Peter James and the like.
One thing you’ve learned
I always thought the original novels were far superior to the rather insipid TV adaptations of a few years back.