Hidden in Plain Sight: Jeffrey Archer
Promotions bring with its greater responsibilities and at times decisions that will have to be made even though they might go against your grain. William Warwick is promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means a change of unit along with his team. The new unit is a high-level drug squad, and his major assignment is to take down a drug lord named Khalil Rashidi before he more to another location. He works they think in South London. Protocols must be followed and instructions to the letter of the law as although Warwick is in charge his two immediate superiors often put roadblocks in his path. Added in he is engaged to Beth and her family and she want to know when the date will happen for the wedding. Added in although he is promoted to Detective Sergeant his own father, a well-known barrister has his own thoughts on his talents and success.
As the investigation proceeds, Warwick must find a way to get someone to infiltrate the organization of another drub deal and financier, Mile Faulkner. Faulkner when you meet him you will realize he is arrogant, rich, has his tentacles in law enforcement and no matter where he winds up, prison or released, he’s treated like a Don in the mafia. Adrian Heath is an old enemy of William’s from school in the past as it is his fault he was suspender. Heath is a well-connected street dealer, Befand he hopes with the right incentive to get him to turn into an informer. Miles Faulkner makes a mistake that might finally wind him in jail but with his lawyer and his connections on the outside author Jeffrey Archer creates a sinister crook that will shock readers as just when you think he’s been foiled and his plans unravel, don’t ever count him down and out.
Befriending his soon to be ex-wife might prove deadly when Beth, his fiancé finds out but somehow she proves to be an asset to a point. Beth and William are about to be married but first he must put a plan in place to take down both Khalil and Faulkner. But no one knows where Khalil works out of and where he resides.
Sir Julian is his father and his daughter, Grace a barrister too and together they make a strong team until things turn sour as you will learn when the trials take place. Money is at the root of this novel as Heath wants a large compensation for risking his life and getting the information needed to put Faulkner away. Heath is their last resort and there are many behind the scenes that will have to protect him before he testifies. Viper is the other one, or Rashidi and they manage to figure out where he lives but one small gesture will help them to identify him in the future. Smart and astute awareness and just really focusing on the person when he is at his mother’s house, you will not believe how they finally identified him.
Christian Faulkner is smart and has Sir Julian as her barrister and refused to sign the agreement unless she gets everything she wants. Several residences and the 73 original paintings handing on the walls of Limpton Hall. Thinking they have her husband where they want him, and his lawyer having no choice but to get him to agree, finding 12 grams of pure cocaine and the dealer is willing to give evidence on behalf of the Crown, things get tense but the shocking turn of events will let you know there is one way to lose but an even better way to win.
Teams are required and responsibilities given as Warwick learns the true meaning of having to curb his team’s efforts, take time before the takedown but eventually his plans surpass those of his superiors but one is not likely to agree. ‘DC Adaja spent weeks nosing around the village and the post mistress informed him of Rashidi keeps to himself. Attending the occasional village fete and donating huge chunks of money, otherwise on Friday visiting his mother and it is like he is two people living two separate lives. He is dangerous at one point and different another. His movements are fully described as every Monday morning his chauffeur drives him to his office in the city and then he leaves and returns on Friday. His company is called Marcel and Neffe fronting as a reputable tea company. The profit margin he makes does not fit the lifestyle he lives which is at a might higher economic level.
Within this novel two drug lords would be taken down in plans devised that are so well devised and acted out, but which one will remain in custody? When Rashidi is caught and Faulkner is behind bars they form a mutual alliance as both have contacts far behind the reaches of the prison walls. Neither received a sentence that was comparable to their crimes and both seemed to not be too concerned about being behind bars.
William’s team was well defined, Jackie, Paul, Himself and Lamont along with the Hawk and MM the informer who would wind up in jail in order to solidify and gain more information needed to get Tulip someone that William was after for so long. Lies, corruption, betrayals, deceptions and fraud plus one mishap that would take down someone in plain sight but how? Grace is sharp and her father, Sir Julian allows her to take over the final interview or cross with Faulkner but don’t get too comfortable there is much more to come and you won’t believe the wrench and the surprise the author throws in the path of the reader and the police.
A private talk between the two prisoners, one more cunning than the other and a final scene that will send William on another quest for justice. The author shares the history and background unknown to others about Miles and where is parentage and heritage comes from but attending his mother’s funeral might create a surprise that no one expected. With the plan to capture both and having the team hiding in plain sight what happens at the end gives new meaning to that phrase. What’s next for William and what happens when he learns the harsh realities of his work as breaking news will stop their reverie and their celebration with a hard stopping ending and one that leaves you wondering what’s next for William Warwick. Characters with strengths and weaknesses and a plot so well defined and crafted you the reader will be holding your breath wondering what is next?
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