From Publishers Weekly
Burly London copper George Macrae, last seen in the excellent Thief Taker , is beset here by a maelstrom of dire events whose impact is exacerbated by his inability to maintain any emotional distance from the women in his life. Macrae has a soft spot for a dead bookie's wife, but now a thug claiming to be the widow's business manager is demanding the return of a sizable chunk of cash the policeman once foolishly borrowed from the deceased. Taking a handout from a known felon is just the kind of thing Macrae's ambitious superior would love to nail him for, and Deputy Commander Scales forces Macrae's reluctant young partner Leo Silver to launch a secret investigation. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman moves into a ground-floor flat just below one of Macrae's former wives and immediately fixates on the recent suicide of a previous tenant. To these already sufficient goings-on, the author deftly adds the widow of Macrae's loyal driver, who battles teenage thugs in a housing estate. Like his earlier novel, Scholefield's latest dazzles with detail and subtly nuanced characterization.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Leo Silver, the new breed of cop at the Met (yuppified/no strong-arm stuff) receives an awful assignment: a secret investigation of his partner, George Macrae--a hard-drinking, tough as tire-iron copper--and of the allegation that he's bent. While Silver tries to extricate his partner from the greedy demands of a blackmailer, Macrae's ex-wife, Linda, befriends her new neighbor Irene, who seems uncommonly interested in her flat's former tenant, a young girl who committed suicide. Or was it murder? Meanwhile, Macrae is trying to help his former driver's widow; chain-wielding punks are roaming the council flats; Irene is chatting up a real- estate agent who likes to pummel women; and Silver is blackmailing the blackmailer's girlfriend in the hopes that she'll get her boyfriend off Macrae's case. Three will die before this edgy study of parental devotion/abandonment/guilt wraps up. Sharply focused, intense, complete. The Macrae-Silver series (Thief Taker, Dirty Weekend) ranks high among the British procedurals with psychological undertones. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.