From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Kray's compelling, character-driven third London gangland novel (after The Pact
and The Lost
), Len Curzon, an alcoholic reporter interviewing a small-time villain in a local prison, notices a young woman visiting with a notorious older convict, Paul Deacon. The woman reminds him a lot of an eight-year-old girl, Grace Harper, who went missing 20 years earlier. Soon after making some indiscreet inquiries, Curzon is stabbed to death by an unknown assailant outside a pub. Meanwhile, PI Harry Lind, a crippled ex-cop, tries to track down a well-known crime czar's brother in-law, who's also disappeared. The two plot threads intersect when Jessica Vaughn, Curzon's friend and fellow reporter, has a boozy flirtation with Lind and persuades him that Curzon's murder isn't the random act of violence that the police assume. Kray captures the cadences and rhythm of underworld life, though some readers may feel some judicious trimming would have speeded up the action in spots. Still, fans of Derek Raymond and Ken Bruen will find much to admire. (May)
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"* 'Praise for Roberta Kray's Previous Novels Well into Martina Cole territory, Roberta Kray's first novel gets under the skin of the London underworld with no problem' - Mark Timlin, Independent * 'Action, intrigue and a character-driven plot are delivered in well-written style, sure to please any crime fiction fans.' - Woman * 'You might expect a crime novel written by the widow of Reg Kray would be tough... and it is. Recommend this to fans of Ian Rankin.' - Booklist * 'The Debt convinces on every page - not only about the gangster world but also as a portrait of a woman whose life has been changed by forces beyond her control.' - Chicago Tribune"