Good People (Glyn Capaldi 1) Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012
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'GOOD PEOPLE's corkscrew plot skewers small-town hypocrisy with a wry smile and a sniff of disgust. An entertaining debut with more stings in the tail than a bag of scorpions.' VAL McDERMID
‘a terrific novel that blows a fresh breath in to crime fiction … as if Ian Rankin had been transported to Wales’
‘A cross between Frost and Hot Fuzz … one of the most interesting and enjoyable crime books I’ve read for a long time’ reviewingtheevidence.com
‘I read it in two sittings and was well rewarded. Twists and turns made the plot lively and fast paced’ NEW BOOKS MAG
About the Author
Ewart Hutton was born and raised in and around Glasgow before slipping south to university in Manchester, and then on to diverse occupations in London. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his radio plays which have been produced for BBC Radio 4, RTE, and Radio Clyde. His first Glyn Capaldi mystery, GOOD PEOPLE, was shortlisted for the CWA’s Debut Dagger award in 2012. He lives in southern France with his wife Annie.
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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.
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