This is the real deal: crime writing of a flint-edged, visceral nature that may initially appear to foreground narrative momentum, but is really about character; character, that is, which is delivered on the hoof. London investigator Joel Sorrell has a new client, the enigmatic Kara Geenan, who is in search of her missing brother. Like the Carter of Mike Hodges’s film of the Ted Lewis novel (and Hodges is another star of Maxim Jakubowski’s MaxCrime list), Sorrell is obliged to travel North to discover – painfully – a dark truth. This is writing of real authority, and Williams is a genuine talent. Another winner for the MaxCrime imprint.

Barry Forshaw

Blonde on a Stick

Conrad Williams

MaxCrime

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