When a man with a gun breaks into her school, nursery teacher Louise Kennedy knows there's not likely to be a happy ending...But Jaime isn't there on a homicidal whim, and he's as scared as the hostages he's taken.While an armed police presence builds up outside, he'll only talk to Ben Whistler, an MI6 accountant who worked with his lover, Miro. Miro's apparently gone on the run, along with a huge sum of money. Jaime doesn't believe Miro's a thief - though he certainly had secrets.But then, so does Louise, so do the other hostages, and so do some of those on the outside - those who'd much rather that Jaime was silenced.More
"Frighteningly plausible." (Sunday Telegraph)
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Don't judge this book by its title
Tricky story, satisfyingly surprising
The story builds slowly in a mundane setting. It doesn't hit you over the head with car chases and standoffs. It deals with ordinary people, with mundane concerns and delivers a series of twists as the layers are peeled back.
Anna Bentinck reading Mick Herron is about as good as it gets.
Yes and I have listened to it many times since.
Listen to it. Let the story take over and be patient. It feels like nothing is happening at the beginning.