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Monday, 17 March 2014

Val McDermid - Crack Down

Book reviewed live on bookshow by Brian Lowen March 2014. This is Brians review:
This book is one of the series featuring Kate Brannigan, a private eye, and her boy- friend Richard who lives next door.

There was only one reason why Kate would let Richard help out with an investigation into a car sales fraud and that was because nothing bad could happen. How wrong they were because Richard finishes up in a police cell wrongly convicted of stealing a luxury car that just happened to have two large bags of cocaine in the boot.

To make matters worse, Richard’s son, from a former marriage, is due to visit, which means that Kate has to take on the job of looking after him. She enlists the help of some of her friends as child-minders as she sets off on the task of tracking down the criminals who left the drugs in the car. The Police, assuming Richard is guilty, are not really interested in following up the case, so it is up to Kate to work on her own, calling in favours from friends in other connected occupations.

She finds herself dragged into a world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, fraudsters and violent gangland enforcers, bringing her face to face with death in a  terrifying experience.

A good story, a bit vague at times, with not much action until the last few chapters, but a good gentle read if you like detective stories.

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