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BIG Disappointment, I'm afraid.
on 18 February 2018
I've waited a long time to get this book until the reprint dropped it below the £10 mark which is my threshold. I'm afraid that despite the good reviews on it by most others, it was a big disappointment to me. I may not even get beyond the 80% mark where, it's stalled with me now. It starts well and the plot is potentially a real winner, but I'm afraid that Bentley has let the balance fall to bits with his self indulgent attitude to his own excessive drinking and drug taking etc. He then compounds the failure by shutting out all the really important and interesting details under the excuse of being unable to reveal anything for fear of breaching the Official Secrets Act. Jeez - it's about ancient criminal surveillance from the mid 70's - that's 40 years ago! A real missed opportunity I'm afraid, as it was landmark policing and sadly Bentley's 'bleedin heart' empathy with the bad guys he helped apprehend will be better served by his later reincarnation as a criminal defence barrister. He does make some telling observations about the wider implications of the probable linkages with Operation Julie convictions and the wider international narcotics trade which we're struggling to deal with now and the malign influences of the international political arena.