Fast-moving plot, written with panache and wit. From the opening sequence, when we witness the hero having his arm nearly broken by the thug I found this book to be engrossing. As others have written, it was hard to put down. The book is scattered and splattered with wry, comic, sharp observations on how and why people react to each other. Some of the scenes, where Lawrie described body language and dialogues were original and I found myself rereading them to increase the pleasure. The detailed and seemingly accurate description of firearms, Czech republic, Morocco, London were enthralling. Loved it! Good work, Mr Lawrie!!