D.C. Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.
In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.
Jack’s search leads him into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?
This is a great start to a new series introducing D.C. Jack Warr. A police procedural novel, with some good characters, as usual a very good plot by Lynda La Plante.
Jack and Maggie have moved from Devon to London, in order for Maggie to progress in her career as a trainee surgeon, Jack seems to just be plodding along, he has no real ambition to further his own career. Until he works the new case in London and with a bit of a push from DCI Ridley.
A fire has burnt down a cottage known as Rose Cottage, but the team are called in when a body is found murdered in the cottage before it was set alight. Also found was a burnt bundle of old five pound notes to the tune of one and a half million. In 1995 there had been a train robbery, the thieves had never been found and police believe that the money they have found is part of the money stolen, it had been one of the biggest heists ever with twenty seven million pounds having been stolen.
At the time of the robbery there were a group of female ex cons living in The Grange, Dolly Rawlins had just been released from prison and had wanted to set up a home for children, so that they didn’t end up the same way she and the other women had, unfortunately one of the women put paid to this happening. Dolly had been shot and killed but the other women are still around the country.
Along with investigating this crime, Jack finds out his adoptive father Charlie us dying and doesn’t have long to live, he is devastated. Especially when Charlie and his wife Penny tell him that they are going away on a 4 month cruise, Jack knows he will probably never see the man who has been his father again. Before they left Charlie had given Jack a folder with details of his parents. He knew his mum was dead but his dad Jimmy Nunn could have been a Formula one driver until he did something stupid to put an end to that career. He had ended up becoming a getaway driver. As Jack is working in the current case some of it ties in with his real dad, he tries to work the two cases together, which could land him in big trouble. But for the first time he is interested in doing the job. Feeling more motivated than he has ever done before.
Initially I wasn’t sure on Jack but as the story progresses he sort of grew on me, other characters I think will also grow with time. Always difficult setting up a new series and takes time to get to know the characters and watch them grow and develop. I enjoyed the pace of the book, not too fast but not too slow either. For anyone who has read the series Widows by Ms Plante they will recognise some of the characters especially Dolly Rawlins. This is a well thought out and executed story, with a couple of things I didn’t see coming.
A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me, I look forward to seeing how these characters develop.
I would like to thank #netgalley and #Zaffe for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.