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Hidden in Plain Sight is the second brilliant and captivating novel featuring William Warwick by the master storyteller and bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer.
Newly promoted, Detective Sergeant William Warwick has been reassigned to the drugs squad. His first case: to investigate a notorious south London drug lord known as the Viper.
But as William and his team close the net around a criminal network unlike any they have ever encountered, he is also faced with an old enemy, Miles Faulkner. It will take all of William’s cunning to devise a means to bring both men to justice; a trap neither will expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . .
Filled with Jeffrey Archer’s trademark twists and turns, Hidden in Plain Sight is the gripping next instalment in the life of William Warwick. It follows on from Nothing Ventured, but can be read as a standalone story.
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.