Top positive review
Fast-paced thriller, but not for the too squeamish.
9 December 2019
Impurity - Kindle edition. Fair play calls for a couple of admissions. I've known author Ray Clark for more than a few years. I am not enthusiastic about big cities because the violent and grimy underbelly never lurks far from the bright lights of the main streets. In the two weeks before the publication of Impurity, I had tracked down and re-read Evan Hunter's comedy crime thriller Every Little Crook And Nanny, Also, I had just finished reading the Kindle edition of The Poker Game Mystery by Peter Bartram, set in around mid-Sixties Brighton (UK).
Therefore, Impurity is very much so a startling contrast to the above two books. And the author has set himself the almost impossible task of creating a fresh take on the police procedural thriller. In this book, thankfully, the main characters are not laden with too much personal "baggage" and soul-searching. The plot is remarkably complex, the writing is fast-paced, which is amazing considering the procedures and rules that real life police officers have to follow when investigating a crime. Dissolving bodies might not be every reader's cup of tea, and there are several nasty characters in Impurity. Thankfully, law and order prevails - but only just...