This contemporary crime story takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural backdrop of Soho, London. Branen had to leave the UK six years before to escape his complex clandestine history and the consequences of a crime that achieved worldwide notoriety. When his daughter is brutally murdered in Soho he believes that he could be the reason. He returns to his old hunting grounds to find the killer. His search brings him into conflict with the British Secret Service and Soho’s underworld. He is forced to flee Soho again after a tragic meeting with his ex-wife. His past has caught up with him and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now forty years old Branen wants to stop running and to remove forever the continuing threat to his life. In an effort to get rid of his pursuers he is faced with the prospect that his only chance of survival could lead to his death. ‘I have now read the novel myself and I think it’s very good… I will not be the only publisher who finds it first rate.’ Christopher MacLehose, Publisher of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ – part of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
This crime thriller set in the underbelly of Soho in London really packs a punch. It isn’t written in the traditional formula of a crime thriller, in that the pace varies as we are introduced to historical events that affect the characters first and then the story ramps up to tell you about Carrie, the daughter of Brennan, who is the central protagonist.
This contemporary telling of a crime thriller is fresh and exciting and I found myself sinking into the story as if it were quicksand, even though this is a far cry from a sanitised high-octane read. It is one of those books where you kept questioning the powers of good and evil.
I could see the story being televised as it is compelling and you wonder just want will befall the central characters and where the huge cast, that are listed at the front of the book (some readers may choose to skip those pages as it’s quite an intimidating list), all fit in.
After reading the book I am in awe of Soho and just how much goes on behind the scenes, the book left me infatuated with the area and I would love to read more.