David Craig's tale is set in Cardiff in 2003. The heroine, an attractive young detective called Sally Bithron, whose childhood was spent in one of the less desirable areas of the city, is just old enough to have been living in the area when there was still a strong feeling of neighbourhood identity and loyalty. It is this questionable loyalty on which much of Craig's story is based.
There are supporting characters such as her pet informant Godzilla, with his 'little zillas', her boss Bullfinch, who is apt to act like an overgrown adolescent, and Frank Latimer; Frank '1101b., six feet tall, no hood, stretched his arms as wide as they could go, champagne in his left hand, the flowers right, a stance reeking of conviviality, as though he were host. She thought he might try an embrace, holding her, the bottle and the bouquet. He didn't.' Not to be forgotten is her nice, stable - for want of a better word – boyfriend, Pete.
Sally finds herself in a predicament when Godzilla gives her vital information about a potential drugs fracas. Her stake-out goes haywire and a gangland fight-out results in murder and mayhem. It is known that four men left the scene of the crime in a Lexus. When the police finally catch up with the get-away car, there are three men. Who was the fourth man? Could it have been Frank? Sally, who was the only witness, finds herself unable to identify the fourth man. Questions are left unanswered and Sally's childhood loyalties become suspect, as she herself becomes a gangland target, along with her informant. And Frank?
Scary stuff, in a dry, humorous way, and well worth a read.
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