London 1961. In the dying days of the Macmillan government, George Preston is in control of crime in West London and Rina Walker is his favoured contract killer. When Rina is hired by Soho vice king Tony Farina to invistigate the disappearance of girls from his clubs she discovers that they are being supplied to a member of the English aristocracy for the gratification of his macabre sexual tastes. Rina’s pursuit of the missing girls and her efforts to save the innocent from slaughter become increasingly perilous as she grapples with interwoven layers of corruption and betrayal and makes her way, via the louche nightclubs of Berlin, towards a final confrontation with depravity.
If you choose this book expecting a relatively gentle 1960’s nostalgic crime book that plods along nicely, remove any preconceptions from your head now.
This is a fabulously well conceived book with a killer plot (literally) and although the topic is in truth grim and the sexual proclivities did make for uncomfortable reading in places, the clever writing and back stories kept me engrossed and I read in it a matter of hours.
Superb and I shall be recommending it.
Many thanks to Urbane Publications for allowing me to read in advance.