Gallowstree Lane: 'An authentic depiction of gang life and police politics' From the author of ITV's The Tower

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Gallowstree Lane: 'An authentic depiction of gang life and police politics' From the author of ITV's The Tower

Gallowstree Lane: 'An authentic depiction of gang life and police politics' From the author of ITV's The Tower

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It’s a cracking story, told largely from the point of view of two female police officers, Sarah and Lizzie, one in each investigation, and also of Ryan, a very young gang member who becomes caught up in events which are well beyond him. Undoubtedly the procedures described are realistic and describe accurately how investigations in the 21st Century are run. Awesome story line, lots of "main" characters, all interlinked and coming together at the end to inevitably catch the baddie!

A very gritty, down-to-earth, and gripping police procedural that while fiction does address very real contemporary issues. But then the brutal murder of a teenager sends a shockwave through the very organization he has been targeting, threatening not only Shaw's case, but everyone with a connection to the boy who was killed on Gallowstree Lane. Like all police officers she started in uniform, working for two years on a response team, and then moved into the CID. Initially I didn’t take to Kieran, seeing him as selfish, task orientated and highly manipulative, the kind of person who seems plausible and you find yourself agreeing with until you analyse what has been said. I would like to thank Netgalley and Atlantic Books for an advance copy of Gallowstree Lane, the third novel to feature DI Sarah Collins and DC Lizzie Griffiths of The Met.Only a former police officer could have written a book like this one - authentic, important and pulse-quickeningly good. This is my first read by this author and I hope it wont be the last, this book just seems to be so relevant at the moment as our capital is suffering a similar fate young men being stabbed gang violence in many boroughs and the author just adds a engaging twist to the story, keeping just the right side of being realistic and powerful. Admittedly I've never been big on "drugs and gangs" kind of storylines, so this may appeal more to you if you find that kind of thing exciting.

Plenty of action, plenty to think about and you need to stay on your toes to follow the thinking and the moral and immoral motivations of the police as well as the criminal factions! It is told from four points of view, Sarah, Lizzie, Kieran and Ryan and far from being distracting it is absorbing, giving the reader different takes on the same incident and a comprehensive overview.

Following on from the second book in that series, Death Message, which dealt with issues of domestic violence, London is back on the beat, exploring the world of gangs, drugs and gun violence in Gallowstree Lane. Gangs are nothing new, traditionally associated with violence, yet oft times, providing a family for the disenfranchised. The death of Spencer, in the arms of an offduty paramedic, in the Gallowstree Lane area of London, is as unflinching and hard hitting as you’d expect it to be-the violence and unecessary nature of this boy’s death spills from the page as does the blood from his femoral artery. Lizzie; young, single parent, struggling with work and childcare, trying to do the right thing and failing.

Neighbours, Mark and Deb Berman, have been so supportive as she moves on in life: teaching at the local school and even dating. In this third book, London’s main characters of Collins, Griffiths and Shaw continue to develop as the pressures of their life as detectives impinge on their attempts to have normal lives.What was really intriguing was the depiction of how different police investigations and priorities can trip all over each other. It didn’t matter that it happened to be book three of a series, as it stood up so well as a standalone, even if there were a few bits that I perhaps, needed to catch up on. There are a lot of emotions flying round in the book, from the young boy mourning his friend and regretting what he is all caught up in, to the single mother juggling home and work, I was well able to connect to the majority along the way and this made for a better read for me.



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