Updated: Mar 25
Shamus Dust by Janet Roger is a stunning homage to the noir novels of Chandler and Hammett.
Set in a frozen City of London at the turn of the year in 1947, this is a compelling, twisting page turner that combines a hard boiled American detective in Newman, multiple brutal murders, corrupt city police, femmes fatales (yes more than one!) and more dark secrets than the average reader can cope with.
I loved this novel, the descriptions of London recovering from the blitz are outstanding, the lead character is pitched perfectly and the plot draws all of its threads together elegantly as it draws to a close.
I am looking forward to Janet Roger’s next book, she is a real find!
This is as good as it gets - 5/5.
This review was originally posted on Goodreads, Netgalley and Amazon 04 December 2019 by Steven Feldman.
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