THE LAST KING OF BRIGHTON by Peter Guttridge

THE LAST KING OF BRIGHTON

KIRKUS REVIEW

The reason for a brutal present-day crime near Brighton, England, lies in the past.

August 1963. The Great Train Robbery is headline news, but life is good for teen John Hathaway. While his parents are away on holiday, he’s having an affair with Barbara, an older woman who works for Dennis Hathaway, his father. He plays in a band with some friends and leads a fairly normal life until he begins to realize that Dennis is a major crime boss. Slowly John and his bandmate Charlie get drawn into Dennis’ enterprises. Forced to acknowledge his own propensity for violence, he tries to keep it buried until his father has Charlie kill Elaine, John’s latest girlfriend, who’s seen too much for her own good. Fast-forward to the present day: John has moved the family money into mostly legitimate businesses, but he’s become the target of Balkan criminals who will stop at nothing to take over. Ex–Chief Constable Bob Watts, his security expert friend Tingley and DS Sarah Gilchrist all become involved in a dangerous effort to stop the newcomers. The trio still hope to unravel the truth about the police raid gone bad that cost Watts his job and prevent the Balkan influx threatening Brighton.

Best appreciated by those who have read the first in this historical series (City of Dreadful Night, 2010, etc.). Intertwined crimes dating back to the 1930s and years of police corruption are explored in this darkly fascinating noir procedural, which once again leaves much to be revealed next time.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7278-8009-3
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Severn House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2011




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