Rat Poison

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When vicious gang warfare breaks out in the city of Bath, it soon becomes apparent that a London crime lord is trying to move in to the area. DCI James Carrick has to enlist help from the Serious Organized Crime Agency. Patrick Gillard, late of MI5, and his colleague Ingrid Langley are brought in, and their first task is to try to identify those taking part in the shootings. But the gang seems able to stay one step ahead of them all the way . . .

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Overview

When vicious gang warfare breaks out in the city of Bath, it soon becomes apparent that a London crime lord is trying to move in to the area. DCI James Carrick has to enlist help from the Serious Organized Crime Agency. Patrick Gillard, late of MI5, and his colleague Ingrid Langley are brought in, and their first task is to try to identify those taking part in the shootings. But the gang seems able to stay one step ahead of them all the way . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Action trumps plausibility in Duffy’s 15th mystery set in Bath featuring husband and wife ex-MI5 agents Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley (after 2010’s Corpse in Waiting). Det. Chief Insp. James Carrick asks Gillard and Langley, who now assist the Serious Organized Crime Agency, to repel an incursion into Bath by a vicious London mobster known as “Uncle,” for murdering his own nephew. Gillard and Langley engage in lone-wolf heroics that heighten the suspense but defy common sense. That their survival is never in doubt undercuts the tension. Some may wonder how the couple, who are married for the second time to each other, can manage a complicated household that includes five children, two of whom are adopted, without their police work suffering. Crime fiction fans who like a quick page-turner with plenty of violence and brushes with death will be most satisfied. (Feb.)
Booklist
"Patrick and Ingrid can still muster the distinctive humor that constitutes such a large part of this series’ appeal. Another well-plotted entry in an always entertaining series"
Library Journal
Married sleuths with an MI5 history (Corpse in Waiting) must intervene when gang warfare erupts in Bath. Entertaining banter mixed with breathtaking danger.
Kirkus Reviews
The latest hair-raising adventure of the husband-and-wife team of Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley strikes uncomfortably close to home. Patrick and Ingrid's friend DCI James Carrick asks for help when his patch, the beautiful city of Bath, unexpectedly becomes the scene of bloody gang wars. Having made the move from MI5 to SOCA, the Serious Organized Crime Agency, the pair is well prepared to take on almost anything. The fearsome criminal known as "Uncle," a master of changing identities, has been spotted in Bath, accompanied as always by his vicious minder, Joy Murphy. When the gang, always one step ahead of their pursuers, seek to confound them by having one of their local members accuse Patrick's father, a vicar, of unseemly sexual advances, Patrick and Ingrid's two oldest children, who fancy themselves detectives, mount a brisk counterattack. Matthew is caught checking out the local pub, whose publican, almost certainly involved in criminal activity, has the cheek to accuse Matthew of breaking and entering. An angry Patrick scares some of the low-level local muscle into revealing what they know, but Uncle is still on the loose. In the end, Patrick takes some dangerous chances and puts himself in harm's way to catch up with Uncle. Only some last-minute intervention from Ingrid saves the family bacon. Reliable veteran Duffy (Corpse in Waiting, 2010, etc.) serves up another tasty blend of thriller and police procedural with a touch of romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847513939
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Duffy is the author of numerous best-selling books and has also worked for both the Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Defence. She now divides her time between writing and garden design.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Duffy does again!

    I've been a Margaret Duffy fan since the first Ingrid and Patrick entry, Murder of Crows. The Bath setting is very intriguing since I've been there as a tourist and this books brings more of the family as there niece and nephew hit the teen years. Duffy never disappoints with intrigue or humor.

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