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Compelling, well-written British crime fiction
on 20 October 2011
This is a tightly constructed, taught thriller with a strong protagonist. Marie Donovan is an undercover officer plunged into a milieu of shifting loyalties and the ever-present threat of extreme violence. As events spiral out of control - some of her own making - she questions her training, her superiors and the motives of the villains (though there are no easy black and white, right and wrong distinctions) - in a bid to stay in the `game'.
The suspense builds nicely and the ending came as a surprise. In many ways it's a small book - in terms of cast of characters and setting - but this only adds to the feeling of claustrophobia. However, Walters spends as much time on the characters - Marie's back story was well done, full of emotional resonance - as on the plot. Okay, some of the baddies might verge on caricatures, but then aren't they in real life?
This is compelling, well-written British crime fiction. If Walters writes another book with Marie Donovan as a protagonist, I'd buy it.