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Drugs, gambling, vice, and a bent copper
on 11 July 2013
I'd only read one other in the Trevor Jones series, "A well-deserved murder", and this is much grittier than that. The start is violent, and after about halfway through it the body count begins to rise again. It's quite a page turner in its own way, though it is made clear that a bent policeman is involved, and as there isn't much choice (particularly after the cops begin to get killed off in rapid succession) it's fairly clear who is the culprit. The premise of a drug that is amazingly cheap and easy to make and yet so devastating is conveniently far-fetched. But what is missing, I think, is more of a motivation for the bent policeman's betrayal of his colleagues. Something more convincing - a son or daughter caught up in drugs needing money for their habit that he was trying to finance on the quiet or his own involvement with the gangs due to him/her, for example, would have made for a more persuasive read. But I would certainly consider reading others in this series, just to see how they develop.