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  • There are echoes of Agatha Christie in the complex plot set in 1934, but Taylor's portrait of desperate lives is infused with a sharp sense of class and politics as British society fractures under the threat of a world war

    The Times, Top 100 Crime & Thrillers since 1945
  • Taylor is the modern master of a very Dickensian underworld... A sense of brooding evil pervades the complex plot, handled with great assurance

  • The period atmosphere, as in all Taylor's work, is flawless. He simply gets better and better

    Daily Telegraph

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