From Publishers Weekly
In a botched effort to arrest a violent armed robber, police officers under the command of Chief Constable Robert Watts raid the wrong house and gun down four people at the outset of the strong first in British author Guttridge's Brighton trilogy. Watts publicly defends his officers, but pressure escalates for him to step down. His troubled marriage collapses after the press learns that he had an affair with Det. Sgt. Sarah Gilchrist, one of the members of the assault team. When long-lost papers surface relating to an unsolved 1934 case in which a woman's body parts were found in luggage left at railway stations, Watts ends up assisting a reporter who reopens the case. Despite a major coincidence that connects the two plot lines, Guttridge (Two to Tango) successfully pulls readers in, and many will be eager to pick up the dangling plot threads in the second book. (Dec.) (c)
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An armed house arrest in Brighton goes horribly wrong, and Chief Constable Robert Watts’ career is on the line. Four people were killed in the operation (including a pregnant woman), and the operational commander committed suicide soon after. Watts is told to resign by his old friend, government fixer William Simpson. And when word leaks about Watts’ previous one-night stand with DC Sarah Gilchrist, who was in on the bungled arrest, both his job and his marriage are in tatters. As he enlists the help of security advisor James Tingley to get revenge for what he thinks was a setup, Watts also looks into a bizarre, unsolved murder case from 1934, investigated at the time by both his father and Simpson’s. This first of the projected Brighton trilogy leaves most of the answers about murders past and present decidedly up in the air. However, Guttridge has created a fine cast of fallible characters, and readers who can handle ambiguity—and are willing to wait for resolution through two more books—are likely to be amply rewarded. --Michele Leber