The advantage of having a protagonist who wanders is you can drop him into all kinds of different stories. So, whereas the first John Milton tale saw him in an adventure in East London reminiscent of THE WIRE, here he’s up against Mexican cartels in a tale that is like a missing season of NARCOS. Obviously, I can’t imagine John Milton crashing the rarefied world of MAD MEN (although maybe there is a bizarre short story in that), but I look forward to when he gets involved with THE SOPRANOS.
Six months have elapsed since the first book and Milton has left the UK, spending his time incognito wandering South America. Now hired as a cook in a Mexican cantina, it isn’t long before fate and happenstance intervene and he finds himself battling with local gangsters. Also in the mix are a crusading journalist, a cop with integrity and a bounty hunter from across the border. While back in London, Milton’s old department is still on the hunt, but has it been compromised?
This is a tight thriller which makes the most of its location (made even more impressive by Dawson cheerfully confessing in the Afterward that he’s never been there) and our cultural understanding of the drugs world. Milton is forever a hand-grenade ready to go off and it’s hard to think of a location where such an explosion wouldn’t be fascinating.
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