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on 17 February 2012
I've read and enjoyed Parker's previous seven novels. He never writes to a formula, so you don't get variations on the same story. This latest book is his best yet. Boldly, he has stepped into the world of American politics, which has to be topical this US election year.

There are several threads to the story.

It begins in a New Jersey correctional facility with Babs Mason being interviewed by a young journalist. Back in 1994, her husband Gus Mason seemed to be making all the right moves to be elected to Congress, with the prospect of becoming President. He needed the support of a state senator, Ann Robbins. Unfortunately, she wasn't willing to endorse Gus. A short while later, Ann Robbins ended up in a body bag (see the cover).

The investigating detective for the Robbins death was Lieutenant Amos. The more he dug, the more convinced he became that the bits didn't seem to fit. But he soon found that he couldn't trust his superiors: they wanted the truth buried. Amos must decide to risk all - even wife and daughter - to cut deep into the corrupt underbelly of his beloved country's politics.

More deaths will follow, and there will be blackmail, kidnap and betrayal, too. In the quest for the ultimate political power, nothing must be allowed to get in the way - whether that's people or the truth.

Indeed, it would be churlish to reveal the shocking facts that Haman and Demski uncover. Suffice it to say that it all seems plausible, particularly as the financially fractured western world seesaws between socialist and rightwing politics. It wouldn't take much for extremists to crawl out of the woodwork, as Parker's gripping, fast-paced novel asserts.

This novel deserves a wide readership. It should certainly win Parker loads of new fans.
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