Internal compartmentation in covert policing makes life dangerous for the undercover police officer; but, are Met and the NCA working with or against each other on this case.
The secrets that are being kept have far reaching effects on the investigation and the personal lives of some of the officers carrying it out.
There is a new drug baron in one of London’s suburbs. Actually, it’s more accurate to say the old one has been arrested and is in prison and some low-level dealers are trying to muscle their way into the big time.
But then a body is found tortured to death, and its linked to a second death that happened a few days earlier, that of a Policeman that died in similar circumstances.
The Met decides to send in a team of undercover officers.
This story follows Detective Caelan Small. At the start of the book she is recovering from a recent undercover operation that has damaged her physically and emotionally. She is given no choice go to work or go away. So, she assumes an identity she has used before and goes in search of information about the new drugs dealers.
She soon establishes that there may be more than one gang involved and that the dead Policeman may have been running his own investigation, “off-the book”
The investigation leads to some of the more salubrious areas of London, and this is where the book really comes into its own.
Lisa Hartley describes the areas and people of London involved in the gang and drugs culture very well. I was hooked by its reality.
The story is very fast paced. In fact I intended to read it over a week and ended up not putting it down, and finishing it in a day.
Its pace is breathless. The story takes place over just a few days and I felt like I was there with Caelan. Feeling her frustrations at her Senior Officers who were making decisions based on facts she could not be told, the frustrations of knowing other officers are working with her, but feeling they are working against her.
I felt the anxiety she feels when she has to make snap decisions, putting herself in danger, but more worryingly potentially putting others in danger.
The story is complex, and right up till the last page I had no idea how it was going to end.
I loved it
Published by: Canelo
Publishing date: 19th February 2018