This was a very enjoyable and informative read about a boy who grows up wanting to be a Metropolitan cop with an eye towards becoming an elite detective with Scotland Yard. It follows along his journey, first showing how his father was a shining example for him, being a medic and green beret in the royal marines who helped guide his path. He applied and was accepted at age 16 for training to be a Met cop. His only disappointment was that he had to spend an extra year doing schoolwork to take that path. He wasn’t all that fond of schoolwork and really wanted to get on with real life stuff, but if that’s what he had to do, he guessed he’d have to put up with it. He did well and became the youngest new copper. He was assigned an experienced partner to show him the ropes for 2 weeks, then he was on his own walking a beat. Plenty of drinking involved after work, it seems. He had the usual car accidents, treed cats, and other calls to attend, and more than does his part. Next he moves on to undercover work and this ends Part One.

Part Two is his big move up when he passes his exam and into the big time, CID also known as The Filth. This is when he becomes a detective and works on more serious cases such as murders, drugs, kidnappings. He also goes for more specialized types of training, working his way up the ladder at Scotland Yard. Overall, it’s an entertaining read about his time in their service, and I think most would find it enjoyable for this kind of book. I don’t think he gives away any earth-shattering insider info, as he wouldn’t be allowed to for security reasons, but it doesn’t take away from the readability of it 🙂 My thanks for the advance electronic copy provided by Netgalley, authors Duncan MacLaughlin & William Hall, and the publisher for a fair review.

Thistle Publishing
Pub: Aug 23rd, 2018

RATING: 5/5 stars


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