This is a deftly written and stylish British thriller of the modern sort - i.e. more PD James or Ruth Rendell than Agatha Christie. There are two story lines, but they cross paths. The hero is a British lawyer who teams up with a police woman. Between them, they find a web of corruption involving the perfume industry, big business, politicians, genetic engineering and even police themselves, all nicely woven together. The language flows, for the most part, and the pace is steady, neither slow nor frantic.
At times, the author appears to be expressing himself somewhat ambiguously, but this is to avoid giving too much away before the big shocker at the end - First one surprise, then another! I was tempted to deduct a star for that, but it would have been unfair and on balance, the awkwardness in some parts of the language, is offset by the vivid, colourful nature of the descriptive writing. Definitely a book worth reading for those who like a good thriller.