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This is the new Detective Chief Inspector Henry Christie novel.Willing to do almost anything to escape his humdrum desk job, DCI Henry Christie leaps at the chance to go working undercover again, possibly his last chance ever. His task - to ingratiate himself with Ryan Ingram, one of London's top criminals, who has relocated to the north of England to escape the unwelcome attention of the police down there.Ingram is suspected of many violent crimes, and Henry must put his own life on the line in order to bring about his downfall. But the last thing Henry needs in this dangerous situation is the appearance of a man bearing a fatal grudge that will jeopardise not only himself, but also his family.As Henry attempts to balance his latest case with his personal life, he finds himself dealing with a series of events which begin to spiral murderously out of his control...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780727867032
ISBN-10: 0727867032
Format: Hardback
(222mm x 141mm x 23mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Severn House Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » Bored with routine paper-pushing, DCI Henry Christie resurrects his undercover persona.Still somewhat in disfavor for his errant judgment (Big City Jacks, 2005, etc.), Christie, of the Lancashire Constabulary, eagerly accepts Andrea Makin of the Yard's suggestion that he revive his undercover resume as Frank Jagger and sidle up to career criminal Ryan Ingram, who has moved his base of operations from London to the north and is now cavalierly dealing drugs, running hardcore porn and executing anyone who's no longer useful. Christie's longtime love Kate isn't keen on his latest adventure, especially when their house is spied on, then set ablaze, nearly killing her. Have Ingram and his bodyguard/goon Mitch caught on that Christie's a plant? Perhaps, but before Christie can extricate himself, he must witness Mitch's murder of two dealers who've skimmed from Ingram and wonder whether an old snitch of his, Costain, is the one who fingered him to Ingram. Even after Ingram's finally jailed, there are more complications: Christie has another nemesis out there, this one seeking revenge for a pair of knickers planted in his dad's car that sent his old man to prison for murder.A bit too much emotional drama for fans of really hard-boiled procedurals, and a notch or so below midlevel Bill James. Still, Christie is mellowing and keeping his libido under control, even if his pal, FBI agent Karl Donaldson, maintains his strong-arm proclivities. (Kirkus Reviews)


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