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- Publisher: Two Pies Press (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EHFO7QM
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The Deadly Silence (formerly The Third Estate): A Dark London Crime Thriller (Angela Tate Investigations Book 3) Kindle Edition
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This was a really good book, I was actually surprised, because I had never heard of the author and didn't have high hopes. But I liked the main characters, strong women who don't allow their weaknesses to derail them too much! It clipped along at a strong pace, no boring interludes...Highly recommended.
So what is my problem? I guess in part it's because I'm still an Englishman, although I've lived most of 45 years in Australia. The truth is none of us is pure and innocent, and my problem is that I hate the generally ignorant and lying attitude of what I see as the average council estate inhabitant. That is partly because, in my twenties, I did business with some of them; not a happy experience. I remember I found them suspicious and aggressive with me, mostly because I spoke good English..
Whether you think I'm sick, or maybe a sycophant, I have always regarded the police primarily as friends and colleagues. In other words I would be unlikely to think they are intrusive; though there's not doubt they can be; rather than doing a job that needs to be done, and moreover one I might be able to assist with.
My powerful impression is and always has been, that the average council estate inhabitant; particularly in the UK; regards the police as the total enemy: an enemy that one always lies to, never tells the truth to, always misleads as much as possible, and always prevaricates with; one whom one constantly suspects of being in opposition at all times, in every way. As you see I'm not trying to hide my prejudice..
Yes, all the way through this book you will see constant avoidance of answering all and every question by the police. You will see outright lying, either because of unreasoned fear or because of total hatred of authority.
What on earth, one might ask, have the police in the UK; in particular London; done to deserve this treatment? THAT is a question that I am unqualified to answer simply because it has never occurred to me, until now, to look into. Either there has to be a period in the past hundred years that the police were guilty of some extraordinary persecution of those living in government housing, or the general class level of the aforesaid inhabitants simply haven't matured into a modern society.
One has to ask, how could I accuse a whole class of such ignorance and bitterness? Especially in the 'seat of democracy' as some might consider Great Britain? (After all, the English speaking governments in North America, and of Australia, India and several others, have based the beginnings of their democracies on that of 'the old country', even if they have deviated to some extent..)
Is this book a thriller? Does the irritating lack or progress and seeming incompetence and in-fighting of the Metropolitan cops qualify the book as a nail-biter? Frankly, the description of 'A Police Procedural' is probably as close as you'll get to a real description because you will suffer all of the seeming frustration of the police with some of their own colleagues, never mind the semi-slum dwellers they have to deal with.
Because no matter how hard they seem to try, those 'dwellers' do their level best to frustrate all and every effort of the police to help them; and of course do it largely because of their constant effort not to "grass" some undeserving little bastard.
Cooperation? None of that here. Exchange of useful information? Not much of that either.
Go on, read it. You need to suffer just like the rest of us because one thing's for sure: it is, regretfully, realistic.
They were full of action without being gruesome.