Turn a Blind Eye is the third instalment in the gripping story of Detective Inspector William Warwick, by the master storyteller and Sunday Times number one bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles.
William Warwick, now a Detective Inspector, is tasked with a dangerous new line of work, to go undercover and expose crime of another kind: corruption at the heart of the Metropolitan Police Force. His team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle appears to exceed his income. But as a personal relationship develops with a member of William’s team, it threatens to compromise the whole investigation.
Meanwhile, a notorious drug baron goes on trial, with the prosecution case led by William’s father and sister. And William’s wife Beth, now a mother to twins, renews an old acquaintance who appears to have turned over a new leaf, or has she?
As the undercover officers start to draw the threads together, William realizes that the corruption may go deeper still, and more of his colleagues than he first thought might be willing to turn a blind eye.
‘Peerless master of the page-turner’ – Daily Mail
Three cases preoccupy Det. Insp. William Warwick in bestseller Archer's unconvincing third outing for the London policeman (after 2020's Hidden in Plain Sight). In 1987, Warwick is slated to be the chief Crown witness in the prosecution of drug kingpin Assem Rashidi; takes on a confidential new assignment to investigate Det. Sgt. Jerry Summers, a colleague suspected of being crooked; and is tasked with apprehending fugitive Miles Faulkner, a criminal mastermind who figured in the previous book. Implausibly, the government is represented in the Rashidi trial by Warwick's father, Sir Julian, and his sister, Grace, setting up inevitable and unnecessary distractions when defense counsel takes advantage of those relationships to undermine the case against Rashidi. The action shifts among trial scenes, Faulkner's machinations, and Warwick's efforts to get the goods on Summers. Archer strains credulity by making it too easy for some key evidence to be tampered with in the high-profile Rashidi case, and Sir Julian proves to be a surprisingly inept questioner in court. This one's strictly for series fans.