'How far would you go to protect the innocent?'
London 1961. In the dying days of the Macmillan government, George Preston is in control of crime in West London and Rina Walker is his favoured contract killer. When Rina is hired by Soho vice king Tony Farina to investigate the disappearance of girls from his clubs she discovers that they are being supplied to a member of the English aristocracy for the gratification of his macabre sexual tastes. Rina's pursuit of the missing girls and her efforts to save the innocent from slaughter become increasingly perilous as she grapples with interwoven layers of corruption and betrayal and makes her way, via the louche nightclubs of Berlin, towards a final confrontation with depravity.
What did I think?
I would really recommend reading High Fraser's debut, Harm, first although you could read Threat as a standalone novel. Reading Harm first really helps you to understand Rina's background and why she makes some of her decisions.
Hugh Fraser has written a no holds barred account of a dark and depraved English aristocrat at the start of the swinging sixties. Only one woman is up to the task of revealing the macabre goings on at Ringwood Hall - our very own Rina Walker. Rina once again takes any risks necessary to complete her mission, once she knows her sister, Georgie, is safe in boarding school. Seeing this softer side to her really contrasts with the hardened assassin some people know her as. It was absolute genius to have her reading such a 'girly' book as Pride and Prejudice and I smiled each time she picked the book up.
I was completely absorbed in the story and I felt like I was hiding behind the sofa watching events unfold when Rina moved in to catch the culprit armed with her Polaroid, rather than a gun. Sometimes a photograph can be just as damaging as a gunshot.
Threat is another great British thriller by Hugh Fraser; it's so fast paced that I absolutely rocketed through it and have no doubt that we will be seeing Rina Walker again. I certainly look forward to it!
I received this e-book from the publisher, Urbane Publications, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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