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by Graham Ison

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7278-6011-9
Publisher: Severn House

Passion ignites murder and bares sordid secrets in a posh London neighborhood.

Though he’d never admit it, DCI Brock may be dazzled at first by the imposing house belonging to Kim and Andrew Light—as do a pair of corpses, Brock summarily concludes, an assumption he hastily corrects when Andrew suddenly materializes, returning not from the grave but from a business trip. The body in his bed, clad in a dressing gown, belongs to a certain enigmatic Duncan Ford, who seems to have been Mrs. Light’s lover. But wait: It turns out that Mrs. Light—also known as Kim Scott, or simply as Gloria, when she slithered starkers around a greased pole in a Soho lap dancing club—is not Mrs. Light, never having participated in any of obligatory legalities. Clearly, there’s a lot to sort out, and it gets much worse before Brock and his hard-working coppers can unscramble a perplexing whodunit. Still, with a little help from their snouts and a couple of cooperative toms, plus at least one key set of tabs (snitches, whores, fingerprints) the stalwarts of the Serious Crime Group put the right bloke in the nick.

Another solid police procedural from Ison (Working Girl, 2002, etc.), long on authenticity if a bit short on nuance.