To be published 8th January 2015
The car that ploughs into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of death and destruction behind it.
DS Ferreira and DI Zigic are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to handle the hit-and-run, but with another major case on their hands, one with disturbing Neo-Nazi overtones, they are relieved when there seems to be an obvious suspect. But the case isn’t that simple and with tensions erupting in the town leading to more violence, the media are soon hounding them for answers.
Ferreira believes that local politician Richard Shotton, head of a recently established right-wing party, must be involved somehow. Journalists have been quick to acclaim Shotton, with his Brazilian wife and RAF career, as a serious contender for a major political career, despite his extremist views, but is his party a cover for something far more dangerous?
This is the follow up to the brilliant debut from Eva Dolan ‘Long Way Home’ featuring Zigic and Ferreira. ‘Long Way Home’ was one of my favourite crime reads of 2014. And I could not wait to read the next instalment.
The story takes us back to the Peterborough Police’s ‘Hate Crimes’ Department and race related crime in contemporary Britain. A group of Polish immigrants are involved in a hit and run at a bus stop, when a car smashes into them. There have also been violent murders taking place across town, involving Black and Asian young men. Zigic is investigating and under pressure to get a quick result from his boss, as ethnic tensions in the city grow.
Once again, Eva Dolan brings racial disharmony and bigotry in a divided city into the open. This time, there is an organized political element to the race crime. The local MP has gained power on a race ticket and has connections to the extremists living in Peterborough. The different cultural groups in the city are struggling to live together. It all sounds rather familiar. Eva Dolan is a genius at tapping into contemporary discourses on race and immigration. She reflects what is happening in the here and now, beautifully and uniquely.
I was mesmerized by the plot and the sad politics of division. I was very drawn to Sofia, a young Polish immigrant, who seemed to have a tough life. I felt sorry for the recent immigrants and their dreadful living and working conditions. I was completely distracted initially and failed to guess correctly who was responsible for the murders. When the identity of the killer was revealed, it made a sad sense.
‘Tell No Tales’ is an excellent follow up to ‘Long Way Home’ and proves just how talented Eva Dolan is. One to read if you like dark crime, with a clever dash of reality.
Many thanks to the publishers and Eva Dolan for my review copy!