A new author to me and I’m not surprised to find out that she has experience as a Met Detective.
This story is as real as it comes. The aftermath of the killing of a Police Officer.
The life of a Roadman and the effects on his psychological health, and that of his “family”
The story of how Ryan Kennedy ended up getting involved in gangs. How that escalated to him carrying drugs and blades, and ultimately a gun.
The probability that if you carry a weapon you will put yourself in a position where you brandish it, and eventually use it.
The frustrations of the Police when the vagaries of the law, the distinctions between murder and manslaughter, the proof of intention the “ mens rea” means a young cop killer gets off relatively lightly
The celebrity that the young cop killer has in prison, balanced against the fact he is a frightened 15 year old boy who knows his only way of surviving is to keep his mouth shut.
The effects of the mental health of the police officers involved in the operation in which the undercover detective died.
The blame culture balanced against the arrogance of those who think it wasn’t their fault.
The surviving widow with the young child.
All of this in the first quarter of the book, and it really sets the atmosphere of the story
The Publishing Gumph
When Ryan Kennedy is imprisoned after killing a police officer, he knows what he has to do. Keep his mouth shut about who he was working for, keep his head down, and rely on his youth to keep his sentence short. When he gets out, he’ll be looked after.
Following the death in the line of duty of a fellow detective, DI Sarah Collins has left the capital for a quieter life in the countryside. But when a missing teenager turns up on her patch, she finds herself drawn into a much bigger investigation – one that leads her right back to London, back to the Met, and back to Ryan Kennedy, the kid who killed a cop.
This powerful novel from a former Met detective explores the devastation that organized drug-running gangs can wreak on young lives. It asks who deserves to be saved – and whether saving them is even possible…
Publisher Corvus. Publishing Date : 3rd August 2023