Code of silence- Phillip Jordan - police procedural
Gordon Beattie has a large empire much of which is sadly on the wrong side
of the law. He smuggles in drugs hidden inside concrete which is then
smashed open to gain access and for the remains to be used for roads.
He is not averse to putting people in line if they cross him- a rather
mild description of what his organisation gets up to. DI Veronica Taylor
is called in when there is a report of a man brutally killed and a young
woman severely beaten. A gritty crime thriller set in Northern Ireland.
Beattie has just escaped prosecution- the case having collapsed so
the police are determined to get justice. There is mention of “ The
troubles' which some of us remember and the fall out in the years
following. Written in a brilliant way and incorporating some local
dialect (but easy to understand) we follow Ronnie and her team
across drugs, trafficking loyalist gangs and organized crime and
the violence that comes with it. For a debut novel -or any other
for that matter this is stunningly written. The vivid and at times
rather brutal descriptions put you amongst the action and I
could easily see this as a TV drama. A cleverly thought out quite
complex plot (but easy to follow) with lots of twists and turns
along the way. If you like gangland/ organised crime thriller
reads then this could be one to read. A truly brilliant debut novel.
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