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West Of The City

Author: Grant Sutherland
Published: 28 November 2015
Reviewed: 07 December 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Fahrenheit Press in return for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars  


Things could scarcely get worse for Raef Carlton – his marriage is on the rocks and his family-owned merchant bank is threatened by a hostile takeover. 

But then Daniel Stewart, Raef’s closest friend and Carlton’s treasurer is found shot dead at point-blank range and Raef’s life really plunges into free fall.

Merchant Banking is never without risk, daring or intensity, but for Carlton Brothers, the risk and intensity is all too real.  Arriving at work after the Christmas party, Raef Carlton doesn’t realise that business is about change forever.  Daniel, his closest friend and bank treasurer won’t be coming to work today, or ever again, he’s been shot dead at point blank range and the police want answers.
As Inspector Ryan delves into Daniel’s private and professional life things are uncovered that Raef is uncomfortable with.  Why did Daniel die that way, what was he up to that would result in him being shot?  Could it have been someone from the bank?  Just when Raef thought it couldn’t get any worse, there is word of scandal afoot in the bank, fraud is taking place and it will bring Carlton Brothers to the very point of collapse.  Raef struggles to wade through the trades, deals and markets to find out who could be behind this all, to see if Daniel was involved all whilst trying to continue with running the bank and dealing with a personal life that lies in tatters, his marriage is dissolving fast, he realises all too late that by building up the bank he’s pushed his wife and family to the side and has neglected them.

As the pace builds to the big reveal of “whodunnit” you really find yourself hooked, you want to know what happened to Daniel and why, but more importantly, what’s going to happen to Raef and the bank. 
To quote Shakespeare, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”, but just how deep does the rot go?  With twists and turns aplenty, it’s difficult to guess who is the most manipulative character, who the murderer is or even how it will end up, but one thing’s for sure you will struggle to put this down!

Sutherland’s time as a stockbroker shows with the in-depth detail of market trading that takes place in this story, but there is enough information there that it is easy to pick up what’s going on.  For someone with no experience of the financial intricacies of this story I managed to keep up with the trades and deals without feeling too lost. 

The writing shows great skill, there’s a depth to this you just can’t find in a lot of books,  definitely a feel of a Le Carré or Jeffrey Archer book, the ability to layer mystery, intrigue and brilliance makes this stand up next to the works of these great authors and could easily be classed as a “good old fashioned thriller”. 

I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Financial Thrillers, Crime and Mystery Genres. 

I would like to thank Fahrenheit Press for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 28th November 2015, a copy can be purchased here West Of The City (UK Kindle Version)

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