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Paul Doherty's short story THE KYRIE MAN

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It Could Only Happen in Hollywood

Gone Tomorrow

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Little Brown £17.99


Reviewed by Ayo Onatade

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Inspector Bill Slider is called to a children's playground where a disfigured corpse has grotesquely been left behind. While trying to unravel the mystery and find the killer not only does Inspector Slider find himself plunging into the sinister world that is behind the stylish masquerade that is Shepherd's Bush, but he also becomes involved with the forgotten victims of the Welfare State and the crime lords that manipulate and prey on them. Slider comes up against a disturbing world where lying to the police is an everyday occurrence and you are not even sure that the person to whom you are talking to is actually whom they say they are. It is up to the intrepid Inspector to persuade the reluctant witnesses to come forward and testify.
The writing in Gone Tomorrow is very atmospheric, but there are also lovely flashes of humour abound in this novel. However, do not think that the humour gets in the way of this excellent tale and detracts from the story line, this is far from the case. The humour manages to offset the somewhat tragic story that is being told with great effect. Despite the somewhat serious nature of its subject matter Gone Tomorrow is one of those books that would urge you to go and seek out the earlier ones in the series. It is evident that the Bill Slider series is a quite popular one. While it may not get the recognition that it warrants it certainly has a strong following and quite deservedly so.

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