An excellent story-teller. Nightingale really knows how to keep you guessing with this whodunnit but in addition the characters, even the smaller ones, are really well observed...And who knew HM Treasury was so interesting?!
This is a gripping, complex and intelligent thriller. The high-flying heroine at the Treasury, Jane Charles, is courageous, quick-witted and charasmatic, but also human, fallible and totally believable. John Nightingale has created a thriller for our day and age, where conspiracy in the highest offices and embezzlement of public and private funds go unnoticed... until now. Highly recommended.
Intrigue and suspense are the drivers for this refreshing first novel which combines the intellectual challenge of a murder mystery with the subtle unravelling of a character study. Sensible, capable and intelligent Jane Charles is revealed as something rather different from the image she projects at work. A fascinating trail of events draws the reader into the subtleties of a plot enriched by the author's depth of knowledge of fraud. If you have ever wondered what motivates civil servants to turn up for work this may be your answer - if you are a civil servant you may be surprised at how some of your colleagues spend their time!
I found it compulsive reading and am looking forward to the next!
This is a beautifully written book. It's got a great storyline, moves quickly and possesses the most glorious descriptive writing -- it's easily cinematic. Many congratulations to Mr Nightingale on such an excellent first book - I'm looking forward to his next work with interest.