"In this dystopian vision of London, public safety is in private hands, and nobody is beyond the reach of the law. The constant threat of terrorism has left London under round-the-clock surveillance and in the tightening grip of privatised security firms. A journalist believes one such organisation is financing widespread violence it purports to fight."
An undercover journalist. A murder victim bearing her DNA. A cop working in a criminal justice system where loyalties and ethics are questionable and transitory. Individuals against the might of the corporate world. There can only be one winner, surely?
Writing a crime thriller set in a near-futuristic dystopian world presents author David Beckley with both opportunity and difficulty. Although not governed by authentic (as far as is reasonable) investigative procedures and technique; in a world where he can set the rules, the challenge of creating a believable alternate reality is a very real one, and not for the faint-hearted. He does it very, very well. A Long Shadow is a fast, thrilling ride through a world we can almost, but not quite, recognise.
I finished the book satisfied at reading an enjoyable story but worried that Beckley may just be predicting a future breakdown in UK society that may not be as dystopian or as far away as we think.
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