Written by Annie Hauxwell

Review written by Ron Ellis

Ron Ellis is a journalist and author of the Johnny Ace books

William Heinemann
RRP: £12.99
Released: 24th May 2012
Pbk Original

This is Annie Hauxwell’s first book and, true to crime novel tradition, she has a hero with a difference. Catherine Berlin (known throughout as ‘Berlin’) is a heroin addict. She is also a private investigator for the Consumer Affairs Branch of the Financial Services Agency.

Her job is dealing with illegal loan sharks who charge inordinate amounts of interest to desperate clients and are happy to carry out unspeakable threats unless they pay up. 

Her suspect is Archie Doyle (referred to only as ‘Doyle’), son of retired East End gangster, Frank Doyle. She has been led to him by her informer who called herself Juliet Bravo and will not reveal her true identity. Unfortunately, she is found floating in the Thames with her throat slashed.          

Berlin is suspended for not having revealed her source to her bosses but a worse problem arises when GP, one of the few left who will prescribe heroin to addicts, is murdered in his surgery.           

She is left with just one week’s supply of the drug to solve the two murders and nail Doyle before the cold turkey kicks in. But Doyle’s operations extend further than she realises.            

This is a compelling book, full of nostalgic glances to the old East End of her father's time, back beyond the Krays to Limehouse before it was obliterated by Canary Wharf and its army of crooked bankers.           

There are a lot of political undertones in the book. How police budgets are being cut due to the current financial crisis and units are closed down with their work outsourced to private companies. Gaps in procedures to cut costs are affecting police efficiency. Bankers and City folk are pariahs. One feels Ms Hauxwell could well progress to a second career in politics.         

Her detectives don’t come out of it too well either, given as they are to bribery and corruption themselves. Probably more open to temptation in times of recession.           

It is a complex plot and well written. Too many modern crime novels read like Janet and John. All strands of the plot get sorted in the end except Berlin’s future is left rather hanging in the air.          

All the more reason then for believing we have happily not seen the last of her. 

medical abortion pill online click here cytotec abortion pill buy online
online click here what to do when husband cheats
open women love to cheat online affair
redirect husbands who cheat website
married men that cheat women who cheat why wifes cheat
why do women cheat on their husbands infidelity marriage affairs
instant chlamydia test chlamydia symptoms in men chlamydia symptoms in women
i cheated on my husband with his best friend is it my fault my husband cheated
cialis coupon free click coupons for cialis 2016
petmart pharmacy coupons rx discount pharmacy
coupons for drugs viagra coupon 2016
discount prescription drug card read free discount prescription cards
coupons prescriptions discount drug coupon free printable cialis coupons
acheter viagra livraison 48h acheter viagra livraison 48h acheter viagra livraison 48h
viagra kaufen viagra online kaufen viagra bei frauen
dalsy dalsy y varicela dalsy y apiretal
back alley abortions abortion laws
dexamethasone suppression test dexamethasone suppression test explained dexamethasone mechanism of action in cancer
abortion pill abortion at 6 weeks debates on abortion
abortion pill rights home abortion pill abortions facts
the abortion pill different types of abortion pill non surgical abortion pill
when can you get an abortion pill 2nd trimester abortion pill abortion pill
viagra recenze viagra
online coupons sites website for coupons
natural abortion pill for abortion pill abortion pills
coupon prescription free cialis samples coupon discount prescription coupons
abortion pill costs reasons for abortion pill abortion pill recovery
clomid clomid cycle clomid
addyi review addiyan chuk chuk addyi wikipedia
cialis coupon 2015 cialis prescription coupon discount prescriptions coupons
viagra torta viagra kamagra cialis viagra helyett
priligy thailand priligy apteekki
free cialis coupon 2016 coupons for cialis printable prescription coupon
naltrexone studies go low dose naltrexone contraindications
naltrexone fibromyalgia side effects ldn for ulcerative colitis
whats ldn low dose ldn

Book Reviews
About Us
Contact Us

Privacy Policy | Contact Shots Editor