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Kernick's long awaited third book does not disappoint.
on 10 July 2004
This is Kernick's third book, and he is back on familar territory. The dark and murky (more on that later) side of the London crime scene. Having read his first two books, I had been looking forward to the publication of The Crime Trade perhaps a little too much. Despite the anticipation, I have to say, that Kernick has come up with another winner.
Stegs Jenner's wife gives him a hard time. His superiors in the Police do as well, but he takes these knocks and comes back fighting. Of course he needs a bit of help from the odd drink, and occasional recreational narcotic, but this all adds to the realism. Sherlock Holmes is a long time dead !
In one section, I was laughing out loud on the Tube, before 7am, at the poor sod's predicament, such is Kernick's ability with dark humour and characterisation.
Some of Kernick's others characters are superb. The aptly named 'grass' Trevor Murk, will sicken you. The menacing "Strangleman" Grant, will make you look behind you even more on a dark night. These and more add to what is a highly recommmended dip ino the dark side of London's crime trade. With some excellent twists, and a carefully constructed story, this is one of the best books I have read this year. Highly recommended.