My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Strong, muscular crime story that begins with intertwined mysteries– who shot the narrator and left him to die in the Thames, and what has happened to his memory?– and weaves them throughout a narrative of a cop at the end of his time, slowly coming to terms with the knowledge that his methods and obsessions are being sent irrevocably into obsolescence.
Robotham’s tight, controlled style never gives the reader time to draw back and see the greater narrative, and his masterful control of details and verisimilitude paint detailed vignettes that give spice to the constant action. Threats abound, tension is high, and the book rockets along at a frantic pace as time runs out for the protagonist, DI Ruiz, on a number of fronts.
Top notch storytelling.