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- Publisher: Two Pies Press (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
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- Language: English
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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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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.
This thriller is set on and around a deprived council estate in south London. Trisha Collins' young daughter Casey goes missing and, as days pass, police, media and society at large automatically blame the apparently feckless single mother for her disappearance. Only Tate believes in her innocence - after all, she supported Trisha 33 years ago when Trisha led her to the body of one of the two young girls who had been abducted from nearby estates. The other girl was never found.
The storyline moves deftly back and forth between 1979 and the present day, with each episode revealing more and disturbing similarities to Casey's disappearance. Tate begins to wonder whether the wrong man had been punished for the 1979 murder. Was Casey's apparent abduction in revenge for a terrible miscarriage of justice?
Hudson has created some strong characters. The stand-out is Tate, but Trisha and several of the police officers involved in the enquiry are also very well-drawn, thanks to fluent and naturalistic dialogue and just enough back story. One of the most vivid is DI Natasha McKittrick, newly transferred to the Met. She appears to be the epitome of a dedicated and professional detective, but she hides a shocking addiction to sleeping tablets, which leads to reckless behaviour. Although not a police procedural as such, I particularly liked the depiction of the three detective constables in McKittrick's team. There is realistic banter and good description of the exhausting and exhaustive routine of a major investigation.
Hudson writes fluently and with no wasted words. She scatters quite a few (plausible) red herrings along the way and builds the tension inexorably to the apparent denouement. However, I was quite unprepared for the further, shocking revelation at the very end.
This story is a cut above many thrillers as it challenges us to question the sort of easy assumptions we make based on appearance and place in society. Has Trisha been wrongly vilified? What demons drive DI McKittrick to self-destructive behaviour? "The Third Estate" is a thoroughly absorbing read, and left me wanting to know more about the personal, "off-stage" lives of many of the characters, especially DI McKittrick (who deserves to be the lead character in a future book) and young DC Cath Murray, who reveals early on, in relaxed banter with a colleague, that she is gay. There is no further reference to this or, indeed, anything at all about her off-duty life. I do hope she will find her way back into the pages of another Hudson novel. Like Tate and McKittrick, there is surely much more to tell. I certainly look forward to further books by Eva Hudson.
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.
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