Hidden in Plain Sight
by Archer, Jeffrey

"Jeffrey Archer's Hidden in Plain Sight is the second novel featuring Detective William Warwick, by the master storyteller and #1 New York times bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but hispromotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad. They are immediately tasked with apprehending Ahmed Rashedi, a notorious drug dealer, who operates his extensive network out of South London. As the investigation progresses, William runs into enemies old and new: Adrian Heath, from his school days, now a street dealer who he convinces to turn informer; and financier Miles Faulkner, who makes a mistake that could finally see him put behind bars. Meanwhile, William and his fiancâee Beth enjoy making preparations for their upcoming wedding, though an unpleasant surprise awaits them at the altar. As William's team closes the net around a criminal network like none they have ever faced before, he devises a trapthey would never expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . . "-

JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and has served twenty-seven years as a Member of the House of Lords. Now published in 97 countries and more than 37 languages, all of his novels and short story collections-including Kane & Abel, Only Time Will Tell and This Was a Man-have been international bestsellers. Jeffrey is married with two sons and three grandchildren, and lives in London, Cambridge and Majorca.

After what seems to have been too long a wait, but was in fact only a little more than a year, Archer brings us the second installment of the William Warwick mystery series (following Nothing Ventured, 2019). Warwick, newly promoted to detective sergeant, is transferred from the art squad of the London Metropolitan Police Force to a newly created drug squad, one that will operate independent of routine drug investigations. Its mission: to bring down one of South London's most powerful drug kingpins. Not a simple proposition-the kingpin is himself well insulated by multiple layers of street-level dealers and enforcers-but William comes up with a scheme to trap the villain. It's risky, but it's worth a shot. Like the first Warwick novel, this sequel takes the form of a police procedural, but in terms of story, it's equal parts crime drama and family saga (William and his fiancée, Beth, are deep into planning their wedding). Archer has said he intends the series to follow William as he rises through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, and we can only hope he follows through. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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