This book is the ultimate marmite of the literary world. Readers will either love it or hate it. The storyline is set out in
the Product Information section on
this site. Any further elucidation would doubtless lead to spoilers.
The two main protagonists are (i) DCI
Hunter: laconic, enigmatic and hard-bitten and (ii) Ben Trevelyan: lone wolf war veteran, vigilante and, some might
say, sadist. They are both on a mission, apparently to track down and eradicate a paedophile
The adult-on-adult violence committed by
these two is, at times, grotesque; but in the case of Trevelyan at least, understandable. There are times when
people feel compelled to take the law into their own hands, despite the consequences for themselves and their disrespect for
the rule of law and due
process. I can sympathise with their actions in this case, as the poison of paedophilia courses through the veins of a
community of so-called respectable
members of the Establishment.
A minor gripe: with a plethora of
characters of "War and Peace" proportions, and multi points of view, the book would have made my reading easier with
a cast list in its front matter. On the hand, the twist, or "reveal", wasn't telescoped and I was eased into it at the
However, it was the theme that most
resonated with me. It's a story that should be told, if only to widen public knowledge of the endemic cancer of child
abuse which appears to be metastasing across all classes, cultures and religions in today's society i.e. it is regrettably
not restricted to works of fiction.
On several levels this is a story that
raises Juvenal's famous question: quis custodiet, ipsos custodes? who watches the watchers? For that alone
it deserves the 5* - even though I hate marmite.