Sunday 22 July 2018



After unscrupulous young Lawrence is recruited to work as an assassin for the British Secret Service, everything goes well - until he gains access to a locked room at his workplace, and uncovers a terrible secret.

Lawrence’s newfound knowledge forces him to choose between going on the run, or engaging in a life and death conflict with his employers.

James Bond meets Dexter Morgan in this savagely funny, twisted novel from Jack D. McLean.

Fast-paced throughout, Jack McLean serves up some great entertainment as Lawrence, his English psychopath with a flair for violence and persuasion is recruited to a secret branch of British intelligence. A paid job doing some cleaning, but not of the domestic interpretation.

Lawrence serves his masters well and rapidly becomes the star of the department, successfully concluding some difficult missions.  A long and glittering career with a job for life beckons, or does it? Lawrence embraces the work, but is still his own man though and flouts the rules of the department, consorting with a female colleague outside of working hours. Romance beckons possibly.

However curiosity killed the cat, the locked cupboard at headquarters is harbouring knowledge he feels he should be aware of. Another challenge which is conquered. Happy in his ideal job, the room offers up secrets which may indicate the feelings are not reciprocated by his employers.

A new mission awaits Lawrence. The last portion of the book reveals whether he is up to it.

Fast, funny, entertaining, gripping with a deadpan style of narration from the perspective of our extremely likable, extremely capable psychopath.

4.5 from 5

Jack D. McLean's work has been enjoyed before under his Jack Strange pseudonym - Manchester Vice and Dirty Noir.

McLean has his website here.

Read in July, 2018
Published - 2016
Page count - 239
Source - purchased copy
Format - paperback.


  1. This sounds interesting, Col. And I do like deadpan wit. Usually an author has to work very hard, and be very good at it, to convince me that a psychopath is a sympathetic character. But it sounds as though that happens here. Glad you enjoyed the book.

    1. Margot, agreed but I think McLean carries it off superbly here.

  2. I like the sound of this, and that's a great title!

    1. I think you might appreciate this one Moira.