Cormoran Strike— the private detective with a prosthetic leg created by J. K. Rowling — has a lot to answer for.
For he has spawned another private detective with a disability, Gethin Grey — except this time, it is a gambling addiction, rather than a physical infirmity...
Gethin may finally earn enough to pay his team’s wages, but he’ll also be tempted to gamble again. He is resourceful, wry and engaging. This is not to be missed.
We live in an age of pseudonymous crime writers: Sam Bourne (Jonathan Freedland), Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) — and it’s no secret that ‘John Lincoln’ is the talented Welsh crime writer (and biographer) John Williams, writing in a different, more idiomatic style compared with his acclaimed Cardiff noir novels... Lincoln has created a quirkily conflicted protagonist and a narrative that keeps tension and incident satisfyingly to the fore, with Cardiff as darkly minatory a city as Rankin’s Edinburgh.
With Fade to Grey John Lincoln — once John Williams, much praised for his Welsh noir trilogy — begins a new series under a new name. Also set in Cardiff, it’s different from his previous novels, except for being just as good. His hero, the louche Gethin Grey, has created Last Resort Legals, a firm that investigates possibly unjust convictions... Suddenly an ageing TV star offers Grey good money to prove that Izma M, famous for writing a bestseller while in prison, didn’t commit the murder for which he was convicted. It’s a clever, witty plot, Grey and his LRL staff are fetching characters and it’s a delight to read.
Fade to Grey... is the first in a projected series featuring Gethin Grey of miscarriage-of-justice-investigators Last Resort Legals. Having read the bestselling memoir by convicted murderer Ismail Mohammed, AKA Izma M, former film star Amelia Laverne becomes convinced that he is innocent and is prepared to pay Gethin handsomely to prove it. However, Izma seems less than happy to cooperate. A strong cast – particularly Gethin, who is freighted with the requisite personal baggage – coupled with slick writing and plenty of action gets what promises to be an excellent series off to a flying start.