Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Review Team
Joe is a quiet living young man who lives on a rough council estate in London, just minding his own business - until he becomes unwillingly mixed up in the world of the estate's drug dealers. Pretty soon, he finds himself in handcuffs... that's all I will say about the plot, or I'll spoil it.
Robert Leigh has done it again, the same as he did in Kill Line - he's made me like and root for a mass murderer. No, I'm not weird - read it, and you'll understand! I still feel sad thinking about him.
Parts of this book reminded me of that televisual piece of excellence, The Wire - if you liked that, you'll love this. Of course, this is South London, not Baltimore, but I imagine the drug dealing hierarchy runs much the same. The story is told in alternating points of view, between Joe and DI Edwards, the officer originally in charge of the case. It highlights police corruption and social problems, too - all very real.
This is the second novel in Leigh's Retribution Trilogy - I can't wait to read the third. It's a complete stand alone, the stories are not connected in any way, so you don't have to read Kill Line first (though it's so good, I would if I were you!!!).
KILL LINE by Robert Leigh reviewed HERE
FROM LIME STREET TO YIRGACHEFFE by Robert Leigh reviewed HERE