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on 15 March 2012
I was directed to this novel after reading a very favourable RTE review. And they certainly got this one right too.
Glyn Capaldi, a policeman, has been demoted from a position in Cardiff to one in rural Wales for stuffing up an earlier case. As an outsider, he is not particularly welcome. A minivan hijacking and associated incidents are dismissed by local police as a bit of harmless joyriding, but Glyn is disturbed by a difference in the headcount - less people than reported to have participated return. His suspicions grow but he doesn't get a great deal of support from his colleagues or superiors as he continues to assess what really happened. The locals are, after all, "good people" who wouldn't be up to anything untoward.
The story flies from virtually page one and the reader is hooked. It is delivered in the first person by Glyn. Hutton does very well in setting the story up and then developing it even further as our protagonist chases leads, not always accurately. Hutton also writes with style and insights and makes good use of occasional wit. In Capaldi, he has created a great character, who is likeable (despite being very unpopular in his new environment), as well as determined and somewhat flawed. There are sexual themes in the book but few will find anything offensive or overly graphic.
A pleasure, also, to have read a Kindle version without typo or formatting problems.
In short, watch out for both Hutton and Capaldi. Great stuff.