Our reluctant protagonist gets off to a rough start in this story. Left to his own devices Sam Carlisle would be more than happy to continue his self imposed exile from life with a bottle of scotch his preferred choice of company, but the money has run out, so when he's suddenly offered a lucrative, though somewhat questionable, job opportunity he feels he has no choice but to accept. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes obvious truth is in short supply, and Sam's life is soon turned upside down. The story has plenty of interesting characters and twists and turns as Sam quickly finds himself in the thick of a mystery that puts his life, and lives of those around him at risk.
This is an impressive debut novel for Michael Joseph and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to seeing new works from this author in the future.