Top critical review
2 October 2015
Deadly Retribution is the second instalment in the series and follows on immediately from where Playing At Murder finished. It is not necessary to have read Playing At Murder first but as one strand of the plot in Deadly Retribution starts there I would recommend it. Chief Inspector Tom Stone returns from holiday and is immediately immersed in the cases of a missing man and scrap metal thefts. At the same time Superintendant Peters asks him to look into the failure of Operation Torch and unofficially uncover the suspected mole.
Deadly Retribution is a cleverly plotted novel with plenty of twists and tension as you get caught up in the trials of Tom Stone but it is not a particularly deep novel so it is an easy, undemanding read, almost in the style of a bygone age where a Tom Stone reveals all at the end. I doubt this novel will stick in my mind for long but it is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. I would rate the novel at 4 stars as I liked it but have deducted a star for the formatting and editing issues which marred my enjoyment.