By Mick Herron
Set within the related fictional London as his CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Slough apartment sequence, Mick Herron now introduces Tom Bettany, an ex-spook with a violent prior and just one factor to dwell for: Avenging his son's death.
Tom Bettany is operating at a meat processing plant in France whilst he will get a voicemail from an Englishwoman he doesn't recognize telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead--Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, the place he used to be smoking dope.
Now for the 1st time considering that he reduce all ties years in the past, Bettany returns domestic to London to determine the reality approximately his son's loss of life. possibly it's the guilt he feels approximately wasting contact along with his son that's gnawing at him, or perhaps he's really positioned his finger on a labyrinthine plot, yet both manner he'll unravel the tragedy, irrespective of whose feathers he has to ruffle. yet various individuals are to listen to Bettany is again on the town, from incarcerated mob bosses to these within the maximum echelons of MI5. He may need proposal he'd left all of it at the back of whilst he first skipped city, yet no one fairly simply walks away.
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I am asking you to present a false face to your hosts, and an honest man should pause before taking on such a role. But remember, Bruno, whenever you feel the wrench between conscience and duty, your care should always be for the greater good. ” He looked puzzled. ” I was silent for a moment while he regarded me through narrowed eyes. “We do not punish men for their beliefs here, Bruno. Her Majesty once eloquently declared that she had no desire to make windows into men’s souls, and nor do I. ” I asked pointedly.
But you must be careful, my friend—he collected many of these manuscripts of ancient magic during the destruction of the monastic libraries, and he is called a necromancer and worse for it, not just by the common people. And he is a native Englishman, and the queen’s own astrologer too. ” He stepped back and looked at me with curiosity. ” “When I was living in Paris, I learned that it was brought out of Florence at the end of the last century and, if my adviser spoke the truth, it was taken by an English collector to one of the great libraries here, where it lies unremarked because no one who has handled it has understood its significance.
He pressed into my hand a small bone-handled dagger in a leather sheath. I looked at him in surprise. “It was a gift from my father,” he whispered. “You will have more need of it than I, where you are going. And now, sbrigati. ” The narrow window of our cell was just large enough for me to squeeze myself onto the ledge, one leg at a time. We were on the first floor of the building, but about six feet below the window the sloping roof of the lay brothers’ reredorter jutted out enough for me to land on it if I judged the fall carefully; from there I could edge my way down a buttress and, assuming I could make it across the garden without being seen, climb the outside wall of the monastery and disappear into the streets of Naples under cover of darkness.