A new, ruthless and implacable mastermind from Africa has surfaced in gangland, carrying out his darkest deeds in the murky grey shadows of London s back streets. But, following the multiple slaughter of a large number of policemen by this monster, and his intention to commit further atrocious crimes, the challenge has to be met. The result is that this reign of terror is likely to have catastrophic consequences so emergency action is imperative. Together, Lee and Burrows form a talented, resourceful, athletic team of experienced investigators who become dedicated to the eradication of this evil, yet powerful killer. But Cabilla s awesome control of his murderous gang who torture victims to death, and his totally ruthless plans still appear to be gaining ground throughout the City...
By their Rules is a debut novel from an author who is a former serving police officer with vast experience running covert operations and undercover units. Price brings his previous life-work experiences to bear in this tale.
We have a retired police officer, John Burrows conscripted by his former boss to head up a secret operational unit designed to bring down organised criminal targets. All this is hush-hush and under the radar, though ultimately sanctioned by government. Burrows is teamed up with Jane Lee, another former civil servant recruited from the ranks of MI5/MI6. Burrows and Lee form an interesting duo, both bringing a diverse range of skills to the party.
The target is Cabilla, a Congolese crime-lord operating in both London and Manchester. Burrows has previously seen Cabilla acquitted of serious charges after one of his informants was got to. After a drug-smuggling sting designed to take Cabilla down fails and results in the massacre of about 8 policemen, the authorities decide to take the gloves off and remove him from the picture.
Undercover cops, corrupt cops, drug smuggling, people smuggling, prostitution, surveillance, CCTV, phone-tapping, firearms, torture, abduction, murder, gangsters, witness intimidation, informants, shadowy govt. figures, criminal gangs, hierarchy, fear, violence, the courts, justice system, the Congo, Turkey, London and Manchester all feature in an interesting and satisfying book.
Enjoyable and entertaining without quite hitting – “Damn that was awesome” heights.
A minor gripe would be a tendency to perhaps over-explain the thinking behind certain operational aspects of Burrows and Lee’s “mission,” as opposed to allowing the reader to connect up the dots. Nothing that put me off or irritated too much though.
Would I want to read more from the author in the future? Yes, either the same team or if he writes about a fresh set of characters.
Overall 4 from 5 and a decent read.
I was supplied my copy by the author after a positive response to a request I made after seeing Raven's review here.