This pacy thriller engages with critical social controversies in 21st century Britain: sexual grooming, racial prejudice and problems of policing. It combines action and suspense with an insightful critique of our times. Important conflicts are conveyed on a human level without stereotyped heroes and villains. So, Elli is greedy for the attention she gets from her boyfriend, Amir, but that’s not how he sees their relationship at all. The Great Whites talk about pride in history and community, but their actions are crudely racist and conceal other, unspoken motives. DI Mason and DS Bent carry their own experiences of abuse and discrimination into this minefield of heartless exploitation and manipulative race hate. So much anger, so many people looking for their own satisfaction, creating ever more victims. And yet, following an escalating spiral of arson, kidnap and murder, unexpected alliances provide a glimpse of a different path. Everybody makes mistakes and nobody is innocent, but this story is dedicated to those casualties who refuse victimhood and seize a chance to grow.
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“Sex and violence and a moral dilemma”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Palaeologos
A rattling good read, a real page turner which leaves the reader anxious to find out what happens next.
But it’s much more than an enthralling police investigation into horrific sexual exploitation and far-right thuggery. The story presents us with challenging moral problems which compel us to question our notions of right and wrong. Is “Satisfaction” a cosy euphemism for revenge?
The two scenes of violence carried out by the detectives go well beyond any idea of proportionality or self-defence. There are two (probably four) killings; false evidence is produced to incriminate the chief paedophile while the perpetrator walks away uncharged
“Restorative justice” is one of the themes of the book but we have to ask ourselves whether the concept of extra-judicial “just deserts” (“They ‘ad it cummin'” as Elli would no doubt say) is sufficient to warrant acts like those. The author, wisely, leaves it to us to find our answers.
A thought-provoking, troubling work that deserves every success.
About the Author
Julian Edge is from Stoke-on-Trent. He has worked internationally in English language education and as a counsellor in Manchester.
With thanks to Michael Terence Publishing