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NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED

Adrian Magson

Publisher: Crème de la Crime
ISBN: 0-9547634-2-4
November, 2004

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NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED
Written by
ADRIAN MAGSON


Breaking into the world of being a published novelist is an achievement in itself. Breaking into the world of being a published novelist whilst setting the standard of No Peace For The Wicked, as Adrian Magson has done, sets the author an unenviable task; how does he or she improve on a novel that is sheer excitement from beginning to end? By writing another that is just as exhilarating, that’s how. Which is just what Adrian Magson is intent on doing.

 


Riley Gavin, a young, female investigative reporter, sets out to uncover why two long-forgotten old gangsters have been executed in cold blood on England's south coast. Within hours of signing up to write the story, she finds that her flat has been burgled and a former laid-back military cop, Frank Palmer, whom she hires to watch her back, is warned off by men he suspects may be former British soldiers. As she digs deeper, Riley uncovers a deadly web of vendettas, double-crosses and hatred in an underworld at war with itself, with the prize being the control of a faltering criminal empire.

Incredibly well plotted, No Peace For The Wicked is an adrenaline rush that leaves no nerve end unjangled. The characters, especially the intrepid Riley and the unflappable Palmer, are so believable in both their personality and actions, the reader might just like to check who is sitting next them on the train or bus in order to try and pick them out, whilst the antagonists are so vile – yet so coolly methodical in their vileness – they make the blood run cold, even in memory.

The descriptions, both of surroundings – particularly those of the heat and dust of Spain, where some of the story takes place, can be felt biting into the skin – and of actions, are as well written as anything else available on the Crime market today, and help breathe yet more life into an already frenetic world of Adrian Magson’s creating.

As the first of three novels featuring the investigative team of Gavin and Palmer, the second outing can only anticipated with glee. Watch this space.
9/10

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