Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong.
Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head.
In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief... right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head.
There's no place to hide, and no time to cry.
Having read the first 5 or 6 of the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald, I was more than interested to start his new series, starring DC Constance Fairchild, the first book being No Time To Cry.
From the outset this feels a fair bit different from James Oswald, for me, more of a serious crime read, not to say the Inspector McLean books aren't serious, just this feels more complex, more in-depth maybe.
Set in London, Constance is a strong, intelligent, independent Lone Wolf, I'm already taken in by her character.
There are a couple of stories running together, as Con, not Constance, finds herself under the spotlight for the murder of her boss and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. Suspended from work while an investigation takes place, Con comes across an old friend, who asks for help, locating her AWOL 16-year-old sister.
With time on her hands due to the suspension, Con returns to her childhood home, looking for answers. Soon the 2 investigations begin to intertwine as the crime writing skills of James Oswald shine.
Police corruption, Sexual abuse and old money and influence, this is an excellent start to a new series, as with the McLean novels, there is a touch of the supernatural, but nothing like in the way of the McLean stories. It's also good to meet an old friend from the McLean stories as Oswald crosses over the 2 series. Dont worry though, if you havent read the McLean book, you wouldn't know the character is from that series or why.
An intricately plotted, fast paced gripping thriller, this is a high-class start to a series from a master author.
I've got my copy of no 2 in the series, Nothing to Hide in hand already, so will be picking that one up and reading that very soon.