'A cracking read' BBC Radio 4
A good cop in a bad city . . .
Can you win an election and cover up murder at the same time?
In the middle of a General Election, someone is targeting former members of the ultra-exclusive Merrion Club - youthful hedonists addicted to excess metamorphosed into pillars of the political establishment.
Next in the murderer's sights is charismatic, ruthless Edgar Carlton, the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. But, with power almost in his grasp, Edgar will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.
When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton's people take the matter into their own hands.
Praise for James Craig
'Fast paced and very easy to get quickly lost in' Lovereading.com
'So addictive you won't be able to tear yourself away' Library Journal
'The Clash should be the soundtrack for this close to pitch-perfect debut introducing Inspector John Carlyle' Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
A tired plot line hobbles journalist Craig s debut, the first in a police procedural series featuring Metropolitan Police Insp. John Carlyle. Britain is on the verge of elevating the so-called Golden Twins brothers Edgar and Xavier Carlton to the highest positions in the land as prime minister and foreign secretary, respectively, in the upcoming general election. Their induction is imperiled by Carlyle s murder inquiry into the death of consultant Ian Blake, found in a hotel room with a knife sticking out of his backside. Carlyle soon traces a connection between the dead man and the Carltons via their membership in an ultra-exclusive Cambridge University fraternity famous in equal measure for its hard drinking and bad behaviour, and learns that another member was killed in a similar manner before Blake. Once that link is uncovered, there are few surprises as Carlyle races the clock to catch the murderer before the Carltons become victims as well.