I first heard of this book via Twitter…which is where I mostly find new reads these days. The very generous Karen over at Arcadia Books then kindly popped it into the post for me, and I have to say I loved it.
It’s a pretty gruesome tale, although not over detailed on the gory bits, if I’m honest (this is a good thing for me as I don’t do blood and guts) and centres on two police officers in the North East of England who are investigating some crimes that all seem to lead to an Albanian criminal gang. Central to this is the sudden escape of a prostitute from one of the Albanian brothels that has been operating under the noses of the police for quite some time.
The writer of this book, who is not in fact Sam Alexander but a famous crime writer, (I’ll be damned if I can guess who it is!) cleverly weaves a lurid tale of sexual desire, sexual exploitation, teenage lust, corruption, police bribery, and aristocrats who think they are above the law.
Now I haven’t read a lot of ‘Crime Noir’ but this was the most gripping book I have read in a long time, and I literally could not put it down. I really enjoyed the fact the chapters are short and snappy, which leaves you hanging on for more and the writer flits around from scene to scene deftly leaving you on the edge of your seat.
Thanks to Arcadia Books for sending this to me, but….Who Is Sam Alexander?