Turn a Blind Eye
by Archer, Jeffrey

Going undercover to expose corruption in the Metropolitan Police Force, Detective Inspector William Warwick is compromised by a high-profile trial and a teammate's romantic relationship with his suspect.

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.

In the third novel featuring Detective Inspector William Warwick, the London cop is once again reassigned, this time to a new top-secret anti-corruption unit charged with investigating the Metropolitan Police Force. He's not entirely thrilled to be snooping on his fellow police officers, but Warwick is a meticulous investigator, and he soon discovers that some seemingly unconnected incidents of corruption might point to a more elaborate web of wrongdoing that has gone unchecked for years. Archer is very good at telling stories with multiple moving parts-Warwick's family plays a key role in this story, too-and at creating full-blooded, characters. Readers familiar with his multivolume Clifton Chronicles will see some similarities here, although it should be noted that the Warwick novels are straight-up mysteries that can be read as stand-alones (the Clifton books increasingly relied on reader familiarity with preceding volumes). As always, Archer's prose is precise, his dialogue is fluid, and his lead character is compelling. A winner. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

William Warwick, newly promoted to Inspector Warwick, finds that putting away the drug lord he caught in Hidden in Plain Sight (2020) may not be as easy as he thought. The good news is that tea importer Assem Rashidi, who imports a lot more than tea, is finally in custody and that nefarious financier Miles Faulkner is on the run. The bad news is that no one can find any trace of Faulkner's ill-gotten fortune, including his fabulous collection of old-master paintings, and that Rashidi's engaged Booth Watson, Queen's Counsel, as his barrister. What chance does oleaginous Watson have against Crown Prosecutor Sir Julian Warwick, William's father, and his junior, William's sister Grace, with William himself as star witness? Quite a good chance, as it turns out in the trial that unfolds over much of this tale's first half. The complications that follow‚?"WPC Nicola Bailey, assigned to watch over DS Jerry Summers, a suspected underworld contact, gets so close to her target that they end up in bed, and Faulkner survives reports of his death and cremation to attend his own funeral, the beneficiary of some plastic surgery so expert that the only attendee to give him a second glance is Booth Watson, QC‚?"are both more shapeless and more flatly incredible. The swirl of criminal intrigue culminates in a second trial when William finally swoops down on Jerry Summers, but this one, even though the legal talent on both sides is exactly the same, is a lot less compelling than the first. Archer, who makes every page readable even when the events he's recounting are least credible, provides a nice coda concerning one of those old masters. A sad case of sequelitis. Next year? Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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