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Do not plan on getting anything done after starting reading this book!
on 24 March 2010
Excellent book! Winspear is back on track after two not so very good novels about Maisie Dobbs. The pace is fast in this one almost from page number one which is the way I want a mystery. I could hardly read fast enough and finished in two days since it was a page turner like nothing else.
Billy Beale and Maise Dobbs walks out of their office on Christmas Eve to deliver a bill to a client and a man commits suicide right in front of their eyes. After being questioned by the Scotland Yard about what they saw they go to celebrate Christmas. But Maisie is brought back to London already on Boxing Day to be part of a desperate investigation to find a man that wants to make the government change their policy on how to treat war veterans with disabilities. She is forced to work with Special Branch, Scotland Yard and MI5 who in between themselves have a difficult time getting along. Their chase after a mad man that kills first 6 dogs with chlorine gas, 50 birds with another combination of gases and finally a junior minister with a new gas, is like searching for a needle in a haystack. People Maisie has had a high regard for since the war turns out to not be so nice after all. And she gets to see what the country has in store for possible enemies in the future as well as seeing that the research to create terrible chemical war fare weapons has no limits to how far it is taken and on whom it is tested. Maisie saves London from disaster by the hair but the question still stands at the end of the book as to what to do with all veterans that are ticking time bombs.
The biggest question is one that still is very valid, can government be too caught up in saving money. Can the money saving hurt society more than help it?