A trite, mish-mash of a story that borrows from real-life crime cases like the Poulson Affair, the Moors Murders and Donald Nielson’s botched blackmail attempt that ended in the death in a drain of Leslie Whittle.
It’s ultra-violent, exceedingly crude and cruel in the extreme. Torture, ritualistic child abuse, rough sex and racism – it’s a kitchen sink of vile characters and abominable proclivities.
The book is one of a quartet but I won’t be reading any more, thank you. Morse and Maigret are more my cup of tea.