Because Robert Muchamore's language is simple and clear, reviewers tend to ignore him. But his writing always puts you firmly in a place and time. Without resorting to long descriptive passages he makes you taste, hear, smell, feel and especially see what's going on around. And what a lot happens! In this book about rival gang wars in Luton, (no false glamour with Muchamore), there is a real sense of danger. The two things I like most about Muchamore's books, apart from the clarity of writing, are that his stories feels absolutely real, and that you never know what's going to happen next. I also like the strong sub-plot about 15 year old James' growing maturity.