Barry Maitland's cast of hard-working, bad-tempered cops, and in particular Brock, the wise older man, and Kolla, the smart young woman, are always a reliable team; Silvermeadow
puts them on display at their best. Brock has unfinished business with North, a ruthless bank robber, whom someone spots in Silvermeadow, a vast shopping mall; Brock and Kolla move in on a murder hunt partly to have a pretext to hang around and wait for North to make his move. Someone killed a shop assistant and stuffed her body into a garbage compactor--and perhaps she was not the first, but rather just the first of the rootless young women who have disappeared to be found after her death ... Maitland has always been good at locations that are both crime scenes and countries of the mind and here we get not just the shining public face of Silvermeadow, but its access tunnels and guilty secrets. We also get a sense of what it is to run a place like that; the beleaguered director of the mall, her security chief, the brilliant cripple in the computer surveillance room--these are solid characters about whom we come to care as much as we do for the detectives we already know. --Roz Kaveney
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"Silvermeadow is first-rate . . . compelling . . . fascinating."