There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved – and murdered – niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end.
His boss may be telling him he’s too close to work the case, but this isn’t something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.
But before he can, he must tell his brother, Ron, the terrible news. And there is no predicting how he will react. Impulsive, dangerous and alarmingly well connected, Ron will act first and think later. Harry may have a murderer to find but if he isn't careful, he may also have a murder to prevent.
After recently discovering Streets of Darkness the first book in the DI Harry Virdee series, I couldn't wait to start this one, and was thrilled when I was accepted to read a review copy via Netgalley.
I really couldn't wait to get started to see what trouble Harry could get himself into again. And boy he does it spectacularly. When Harry is called out to a body that has been discovered a murder enquiry is set up. But the fact that Harry has just discovered the body is his own niece shocks not only him. He has the duty to let his family know. Problem is his family don't want to know him. He still feels it has to be him to tell them, and you can almost feel the energy, the tension and hate as he is stood at the door where his brother and his parents live.
It's heart breaking that Harry doesn't have his family support, but some families take religion, and their culture very serious so that fact that Harry married a Muslim girl, his Sikh family are not best pleased, to say the least.
On top of that he knows controlling his criminal brother is going to be difficult, and if Harry is to protect his brother from finding the killer and killing him, then he needs to find out who it is, and where they are before his brother does.
This was a tense thrilling read, It hooked me in right from the word go, and I couldn't wait to keep picking up my kindle to read some more. This is a series I think any crime thriller fan should get to know. I think everyone everywhere needs to read this book. An exceptional read, I wanted to hug, and slap Harry at times, it's amazing how involved you get with this story.
The telling of the story is done so well, with the religious and cultural theme being explained brilliantly. It really is amazing how families can be divided and this book really does highlight that.
I would recommend that these books are read in order, I believe it really will help with background history. But read them you must.
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