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Mortal Bonds

By Michael Sears

Duckworth, 2014

ISBN: 9780715647233

Mortal Bonds

These bonds will hold you fast.

The novel concerns an investigation into some missing dosh, maybe squirrelled away by the head of a banking family just before his untimely death.  A lucrative assignment for Jason Stafford, Sears’ just-about-getting-it-together PI protagonist, but one complication is that a ruthless drug cartel is looking for the money too.  They believe – not without reason – that it belongs to them.

It is a satisfying thriller with a diverse range of well-drawn characters, not least the Kid, Stafford’s autistic son.  There are surprises right up to the end, the prose crisp and effective throughout.  You learn something about finance along the way.  And altogether it feels fresh and cliche-free.

Also, it is good to be reminded what wonderful stuff roesti is, not least as an accompaniment to Tafelspitz.  Though naturally chips have their place too.

The publisher’s description of the book can be read here.