A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013
A Finalist for the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey New Blood Dagger
An atmospheric, criminally smart new police procedural that brilliantly evokes Wales, Good People marks the introduction of a compelling detective and the arrival of a shining new talent in crime fiction, Ewart Hutton.
Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, fallen from grace and exiled from Cardiff to the Welsh countryside, does his best to serve as the catchall detective in the big bit in the middle that God gave to the sheep. It's a place where nothing of any significance is meant to happen, a place where his superiors believe he can do little harm.
But trouble has a way of catching up with Capaldi. Six men and a young woman disappear after a night of rugby and drink. They don't all reappear. The ones who do are "good people," and they give a reasonable explanation for the absence of the woman and their friend. Only Capaldi remains unconvinced. In the face of opposition, Capaldi delves deeper and starts to uncover a network of conflicts, betrayals, and depravity that resonates below the outwardly calm surface of rural respectability.
Fans of gritty British crime fiction will welcome Hutton's twisty first novel, set in Wales. One night, Det. Sgt. Glyn Capaldi, whose career is on the rebound, responds to a hijacking call. According to the stranded driver of a minibus, his six drunken male passengers tricked him into getting out of the vehicle, then drove off without him. Shortly beforehand, the men picked up a female hitchhiker. The morning after the crime, the minibus is found abandoned. Capaldi's colleagues are initially unconcerned, but when the police learn that none of the men turned up at their homes, they start to show some interest. Things become more complicated after five of the men surface, leaving one of their comrades and the unidentified woman unaccounted for and Capaldi suspicious. Hutton throws in a number of curves along the way to a satisfying explanation of the mystery.