'This book more than lives up to the previous three. It succeeds on several levels. It is a superb police procedural... it is a very cleverly manipulated whodunnit, with a trickle-down conclusion that contains one final twist; away from the police station, we have some memorable characters who are convincing if not always likable; and lastly we have one of the nastiest and most menacing villains that you are likely to encounter.'
Hurley writes inch-perfect, matter-of-fact police procedurals, but he peoples them with an almost Dickensian cast that set the books way above most of his peers.
A pleasurably intricate plot leads to a satisfying grotesque resolution, further enhancing the reputation of one of Britain's best-ever police procedural writers.
There are some mighty subjects explored here within the context of a brilliant police procedural thriller... wrapped up in a typically tight and gripping plot.
This is an excellent police procedural mystery with an intricate plot... Hurley gets better and better with every new title. Superb.
There is no-one writing better police procedurals today.
Graham Hurley's determination to look the seamy reality full in the face is refreshing because it is so rare ... Hurley's devastating account of Suttle's marriage is one of the best things he has done.
Superior crime fiction