By Mark Sanderson
Harper Collins, 2010 (UK £12.99)
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
London. December, 1936. Johnny Steadman, an ambitious Fleet Street reporter receives a tip about a Snow Hill policeman's death. He attempts to verify the incident with Inspector Rotherforth who denies it ever happened and insists someone is putting him on. He then asks his best friend, PC Matt Turner. Turner also denies the rumor but Steadman thinks his friend knows more than he is saying. Something sinister is going on, the reporter can sense it. Someone in the district is intent upon stopping his investigation. Someone else is just as intent upon making sure he doesn't give up. Corruption in the police department has deadly consequences, indeed.
Readers will find the opening foreward intriguing. "I went to my funeral this morning. I expected more people to be there — " They will quickly be hooked by the unfolding story.
The author is himself a journalist, and his writing style quickly captures the reader's attention. SNOW HILL is a fast-paced tale, sure to attract numerous fans for Sanderson. I hope he turns his hand to writing more crime fiction soon.
The idea for SNOW HILL was sparked by a story told to the author by the son of a cop stationed at Snow Hill during the 1930s. As the story goes, an inspector drugged the cocoa of constables in order that he could have sex with them. A misjudged dose led to the death of one young man and the later suicide of the inspector. No evidence remains of the incident only rumors and stories. SNOW HILL is a work of fiction.
As far as I can determine, this book is not available in the U.S. so you will need to go to a book dealer or online source with access to British titles.
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