Most of the hard-charging cops from The White Trilogy
[BKL F 1 03] are back--Sergeant Brant, Chief Inspector Roberts, Police Constable Falls--along with a couple of late arrivals, Sergeant Porter Nash and PC McDonald. Slogging their way through a London unrecognizable from postcards, it's a wonder any of them have survived both criminal mayhem and their own self-destructive impulses. A cop killer dubbed "The Blitz" is wreaking havoc with a hammer, and as the tale rockets forward, the characters find themselves engaged in unlikely alliances: homophobe Brant with openly gay Nash; suddenly supercompetent Roberts with screw-up McDonald; and the black Falls with "Metal," a racist skinhead. While Blitz
still suffers from Bruen's tendency to create two-dimensional villains and to skim the surface of emotional depths he ought to plumb, there are hints that he's softening a bit, realizing that characters with regrets are more interesting than those too emotionally dead to care. Also, this one is more satisfyingly plotted than its predecessors, ending with a bang instead of just skidding to a stop. Keir GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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