Jeffrey Archer's Hidden in Plain Sight is the second novel featuring Detective William Warwick, by the master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles
William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad. They are immediately tasked with apprehending Khalil Rashidi, a notorious drug dealer, who operates his extensive network out of South London.
As the investigation progresses, William runs into enemies old and new: Adrian Heath, from his school days, now a street dealer who he convinces to turn informer; and financier Miles Faulkner, who makes a mistake that could finally see him put behind bars. Meanwhile, William and his fiancée Beth enjoy making preparations for their upcoming wedding, though an unpleasant surprise awaits them at the altar.
As William’s team closes the net around a criminal network like none they have ever faced before, he devises a trap they would never expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
England’s most resolutely stiff-upper-lip young detective is about to have his skills and integrity tested by an imposing challenge: the mid-1980s. The decade of “greed is good” is in full swing as crime-solving upstart William Warwick’s second gripping mystery begins. He’s been promoted to detective sergeant and tasked with taking down one of London’s cockiest drug kingpins. He’s confident his team can get the job done. Still, his upcoming marriage weighs on his thoughts—and so does some nasty unfinished business with master criminal Miles Faulkner. Jeffrey Archer nails the neon-coloured period atmosphere so perfectly, we could almost hear the Pet Shop Boys playing on every page. Even when the case reaches a satisfying conclusion, Archer leaves us with enough deliciously unanswered questions that saying no to Warwick’s next caper is not an option.
Set in 1986, bestseller Archer's disappointing sequel to 2019's Nothing Ventured finds London police officer William Warwick promoted to detective sergeant and transferred to a new specialized unit, "whose sole purpose will be to track down one particular drug baron and take him out." Though this drug lord, known as the Viper, controls half of the city's narcotics trade, the police know almost nothing about him, including what he looks like. Warwick's new assignment coincides with the trial of Miles Faulkner, who was previously convicted of fraud, for possessing cocaine with the intent to sell. As it happens, the Crown's court case is led by Warwick's father, Sir Julian, an eminent attorney, aided by Warwick's sister, Grace. Meanwhile, Warwick is preparing to get married. Faulkner shows up at the wedding and interrupts the ceremony to allege that Warwick slept with his wife, Christina. Fortunately, Christina is on hand to explain that Warwick actually rejected her advances. More contrivances follow. Paper-thin characters do nothing to redeem an implausible plot, and a cliffhanger ending doesn't help. This won't go down as one of Archer's better works.