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Backlash

by Rod Duncan

Mo Akanbai is a police community relations officer who gets caught up in violent race-hate crimes in Leicester. Part police procedural, part thriller there are several plot twists to keep the reader guessing. For me though, I would have liked more about Mo's relationship with fellow policeman Paresh, who refuses to marry Mo since she's not Hindu. I found this as intriguing as the central 'mystery' of the novel.

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I'd have expected racist pictures everywhere and Union Jack flags. Instead, there are twee posters on the wall, china dogs above the fireplace and a battery-driven pendulum clock that looks just like the picture in the Argos catalogue.

Parallels

Playing With Fire by Peter Robinson
In the Heat of the Night - the film
Watchman by Ian Rankin
 

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