When Operation Surgical Strike, a police sting designed to catch Colombian drug traffickers in the act of selling a large consignment of cocaine to undercover police officers, goes horribly wrong, suspicion quickly falls on one of the police officers involved: "Stegs" Jenner. Stegs is no ordinary cop. Something of a maverick, he has in the past played the role of a criminal just a little too well. Now suspended from duty, and with his close friend killed in the shoot-out, he determines to go at it alone.
DI John Gallan and his partner Tina Boyd are part of the subsequent investigation that will take them to the heart of one of London's most notorious criminal gangs. What they cannot know is that they've also embarked on a journey that will lead one of them straight into the rifle sights of the enemy.
St. Martin's Publishing Group; May 2005
- ISBN: 9781466826243
- Edition: 1
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: The Crime Trade
- Author: Simon Kernick
Imprint: Minotaur Books
In The Press
“I love this book...it blasts through the London underworld like a cigarette boat on the Thames.” —Lee Child,bestselling author of Persuader on The Murder Exchange
“British author Simon Kernick shows every sign of being a major talent...Powerful prose, tight plotting and a clever fair-play puzzle add up to a remarkable first effort.” —Publishers Weekly on The Business of Dying (starred review)
“Murderous thugs, heartless babes, bent cops, sex, sadism...compulsively readable.” —Kirkus Reviews, (starred review) on The Murder Exchange
“Impressive...with a voice not unlike James M. Cain's in Double Indemnity.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Kernick's debut is compelling, dark and suspenseful.” —Booklist
About The Author
SIMON KERNICK lives near London with his wife and young daughter. Both The Business of Dying and The Murder Exchange have won him popular and critical acclaim.