by Mark Dawson
Book #2 in the Soho Noir series (published 2013)
VE Day, London, 1945: a city on its knees and ripe for plunder. Rationing has created a monstrous black market that needs to be fed. It’s the perfect time to make a killing.
You think crime doesn’t pay? Meet the Costellos. Violet is in charge – ruthless, brilliant, heartless. Threaten her family and it’ll be the last thing you do. Joseph is the soldier the army doesn’t want and so he joins the family business instead.
Brutish Frank fronts violence with rough charm and seedy glamour. The family has a box at the Opera and a South London lock-up no-one wants to visit.
War hero Edward Fabian finds himself drawn into the Costello’s web of vice and soon he is an accomplice to the family’s scheming. But he’s not the man they think he is––he’s far more dangerous than they could possibly imagine.