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Live Fire by Stephen Leather
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Jan 05, 2012

it was amazing

Live Fire is an odd book - it's a gangster thriller, about ordinary decent criminals, sure. But it doesn't cast them as superstars, there's no backhanded glorification, instead there is a subtle exploration of the boundaries of morals and ethics, within crime and outside in the 'civilian' world. More important to the narrative is the central character Dan Shepherd who has to enter this world and cope with actually quite liking the people he is trying to catch.

Woven into this is a concurrent story line that could do with a bit more attention, but which hurtles along to a car crash finish in any case, that helps cement this clash of old school 'decent' criminal morals and outright thuggery.

All in all it ticks all the right boxes to keep most crime fans happy but with added brain.

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