A witness with no victim. A crime with no crime scene…
When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime
Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows.
When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect … and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.
Being both a good friend of this author and a huge fan of his writing which was the catalyst that kicked off that friendship, can have it’s own peculiar issues when it comes to reviewing his books now. See what if he writes a book I DON’T like. I don’t lie about the books so I’d probably have to move to the Arctic never to be seen again.
Luckily for me, although possibly less luckily for the rest of you, I LOVED Blood Red City. My one slight worry before going in, that being this is a very modern thriller and I loved the previous historical noir, disappeared around page 3 by which time I could already tell this was going to be just as absorbing if not more so. Also somehow it still has that dark noir feel to it even as the characters race around todays London..the Blood Red City of the title.
This is a political and social thriller that manages to be a right old page turner with two main protagonists who bounce off each other pitch perfectly, a story that is utterly believable and endlessly gripping plus an old school feel to the now expected brilliant writing that buries the reader deeply into the narrative.
Honestly it is very very good indeed. I could bang on for a while longer but really, why keep reading my blather when you could be reading Blood Red City.
Recommended by me. Which will come as a shock to precisely no-one.