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The Informant

(Kaz Phelps #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Set in London and Essex, The Informant is a story of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law.

As a drug-fuelled teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps took the rap for her little brother Joey over a bungled armed robbery and went to jail.

Six years later she's released on licence. Clean and sober, and driven by a secret
Paperback, 465 pages
Published November 20th 2014 by Pan Macmillan (first published August 1st 2014)
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first novel by successful screen writer, Susan Wilkins. Wilkins takes on the criminal underworld in London and makes it her own.

Kaz is released from jail, having served time for a crime committed by her brother. Kaz finds herself back in her criminal family, but this time she has changed. She is free from drugs and has her own vision of the future. She wants to go to college and study art. She no longer wants to be a part of the drugs and criminality, that have existed around her.
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I usually ignore the quotes and comparisons on the front of books yet my proof copy described this as Lynda La Plante meets Martina Cole and having finished the book, I couldn't agree more. It has the brilliant police element that La Plante does so well, alongside the gritty gangster story that early Cole did so well. Susan Wilkins is a television writer turned novelist, and that's something I usually enjoy as you often get the best of both worlds. Television writers bring with them the ability ...more
Liz Barnsley
I was really interested to read this title because I’m not, it has to be said, normally a fan of the gritty gangster type thriller a la Martina Cole – but I had heard great things about this one and how addictive it was and I have to say now I’ve read it I’m in full agreement.

When Kaz gets out of prison she immediately, despite her protests, starts to get drawn back into the vortex of her blood family – the death of an undercover police officer puts yet more pressure on her from other directions
This was a fantastic book, I couldn't put it down and stayed up late on a work night to finish. The author does a really good job of bringing the characters to life in this gritty tension filled story.
If you read the likes of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers & Jessie Keane then this is for you & is right up there with the best of their books.
This is the author's debut novel, she obviously has a great talent and I will certainly be reading her next book.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Informant – Stunning Debut

The Informant is the stunning debut crime thriller from by Susan Wilkins a former screenwriter for British TV, who has brought her experience from screenwriting to bear on this excellent thriller. This debut crime thriller hits all the cliches you can think of from mind blowing psychological crime thriller and a page turner. Susan Wikins takes you through all the twists and turns and leaves you mind blown at the end wanting more hoping you can get to the follow up
Vicki - I Love Reading
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Another author to watch out for. If this first book is anything to go by.

Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to the publishers for a review copy of this book.

This was certainly my sort of book. I enjoyed it right from the beginning. And can not wait to see what Susan Wilkins does next. I believe there is going to be a sequel to this book, and by god I can not wait.

A fantastic read. And I believe fans of authors Like Martina Cole, Casey Kelleher, Helen black, Jessie Keane and on and on (to
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Informant is described as being similar to Lynda La Plante whose books I've never read but have seen adapted for the small screen many times.
This is the first gangster style novel I have read that is primarily told by a woman. Kaz is newly released from prison and on license for a crime that she didn't commit. She wants to rebuild her life and make a career as an artist as well as distancing herself from her crime driven family.
I was a little unsure at first, until the first act of violence
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller, 2014
The Informant is not your regular crime mystery. Yes, if you look for it in the store it’ll probably be shelved under crime, but trust me, this is not your regular crime mystery. Because everyone knows who the bad guys are. No one doubts they did it—whatever particular it you had in mind, as with Joey Phelps and company you can pretty much count on them having commited that particular kind of crime. What makes The Informant compelling then, isn’t the presumed whodunnit, but the psychological ...more
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Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to this and had seen some pretty good reviews for it. The synopsis sounded very readable and I was pleased that I finally got around to it. First off it’s very readable, now I know that sounds like a silly thing to say but you know what I mean. The writing flows well and the book can be picked up and read with no effort. Realising that Susan Wilkins has moved from the world of script writing is no surprise. Kaz is the main character followed by her brother Joey. It seems ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This is where I come over all pedantic. I kept getting distracted and irritated by the way the narrative flow got disrupted by poor punctuation. It was a really good example of how punctuation helps make sense of text, by its absence in this instance.

Interesting story set mainly in the City and East End of London, and Essex, my home ground. Can you ever escape your roots and destiny to forge a future based on your talents? Can heroine Kaz break free of her Kray-like criminal family to live a
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-50
This book was recommended by a good friend of mine so I was like yh it's got to be good right. I had really high expectations but it didn't meet them. Don't get me wrong the book is good and worth reading but I found the beginning horrifically slow. If your able to get beyond the it's brilliant but otherwise you will be sorely disappointed.
William Shaw
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-series
Great, very violent, very pacey book that still takes time to create some real characters.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, audiobook
Kaz got 12 years, but serves 6 before she’s let out on parole. She, and her crime family, knows that she took the fall for her brother, Joey, but as if it matters now. But for Kaz, she’s spent years away from their insidious influence and she’s kind of hoping she can have a life of her own and doesn’t have to just pick up where she left off.
The police lost an undercover officer to Joey Phelps, so the next one they send in, they target on his sister. He’s handsome, eager and willing to do what it
Lisa Henderson-Farr
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book thru the Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great read full of action.
I had previously gotten an advance copy of The Killer, which is the 3rd book of this series, from NetGalley and liked it so much that I was very excited to win The Informant.

Kaz Phelps has just been released from prison after a 6 year stretch for taking the blame for a crime her baby brother committed. She wants nothing more than to get on with her life and pursue
Rebecca Hock
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads. When I received it in the mail I have to say that my first thought was that it might really not be that great a book. I really do not like the cover of the paperback. It reminded me of a cheap romantic thriller. But when I read the back cover the storyline interested me. I thought I would give it a try and if i did not like it, I did not have to finish it. Well the saying "you cannot judge a book by its' cover" is definitely true in this case. I enjoyed the book. ...more
Rudolf Rudolf
Aug 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst books I ever read. The plot was totally predictable from page 3. Only the most naive and brain dead could not guess at how it will end. The intermittent developments also were largely predictable. Therefore, the author has failed to make this book gripping. I have never had a book in my hands dripping in such an intense foul language. Every single page had a handful of vulgar, obscene and expletive terms. I understand that "f" and "b" words are the norm in the parts of ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I came across this by accident when I was trawling through Amazon. It sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I think fans of Martina Cole may like this. It is authors debut novel I believe.
Kaz is a victim of childhood sexual abuse from her father and cousin. Her family are Essex criminals. Her father is now in the corner of the living room in a vegetative state reclining in a wheelchair following a stroke with her brother Joey in charge of the family firm. Joey has great plans
Ian Mcnamara
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended to me by a friend he thought I would enjoy it, this is an author I have never heard of before. This was an absolutely fantastic book and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. This was such a great book that I'm not going to give anything else away. It was full of suspense and action from the first page to the last. Could not put this down.
D.K. Manning
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great gutsy read. I loved the characters and how each of them had their inner demons... the main character of Kaz pulled in in immediately. Every action has a consequence and it sucked Kaz into the center of her family's criminal life style that she is so desperately trying to escape from. I'm thrilled to hear that a sequel is coming out very soon.
Nicky Mottram
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit
Good start to a series
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. A bit more gritty than typical crime books, focussing on the criminal Phelps family. Looking forward to the next one
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A book recommendation so not my usual genre - an okay read that kept my interest.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fast paced and a fun read, just a shame the storyline was so crap. It reads like a bad imitation of a good crime novel.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, however I felt it should have ended at this book...
David Harris
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Wilkins's debut novel follows Kaz, a bad girl from a family of Essex gangsters who, upon leaving prison, is determined to stay the right side of the law, stay clear of the drugs and the drink and start a new life as an art student.

Life isn't, though, simple and as soon as Kaz's lovable rogue of a brother shows up, she's pulled two ways, or rather more than two: because her desire for a respectable life isn't unconnected to a passion for her lawyer, Helen, who Kaz wishes to please. Unfortunately,
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-publisher, arc
Review: The Informant by Susan Wilkins Publication date:20th November 2014

Publisher:Pan Macmillan


Source:Proof from publisher


As a drug-fuelled teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps to took the rap for her little brother, Joey, over a bungled armed robbery and went to jail.

Six years later she's released on licence. Clean and sober, and driven by a secret passion for her lawyer, Helen, Kaz wants to escape the violence and abuse of her Essex gangster family.

Joey is a
Susan  Pola
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Informant is an excellent start to a series I will be certain to devour. What I liked about this novel was it's fast pace, it's 3 dimensional characters and it's drama. The story begins as Kaz Phelps leaves prison after being convicted of a crime her brother was guilty of. It starts with the hopes and dreams of Kaz to begin an new life and to distance herself from her gangster family. This proves to be easier said than done and she finds herself front and centre pretty much from the get go. ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: featured-books, star
I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Pan and Netgalley.

The Informant is a story that really impressed me right from the beginning. Its a book I would definitely add to my personal print collection. The Informant is a fantastic story unlike any other I have ever read. Susan Wilkins is a phenomenal writer and I can't get over how well she's written this story. The Informant is gritty, its raw its got an edge that most stories don't entail our heroes are flawed, they're
Richard Aliff
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost I would like to say that this book can be considered perfect, based on the following points...

1. Story line consists of corrupt cops, ruthless criminals & obsessive love.
2. Nicely narrated, the author makes sure the reader gets a full understanding of the situation and environment and its easy to get a good grasp.
3. A good take off for a series.
4. The characters begins from soft to extremely hardcore, which makes the plot interesting.
5. From passionate loving till gore
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After a degree in Law and a stint as a journalist, Susan embarked on a career in television drama. She has written numerous scripts for shows ranging from Casualty and Heartbeat to Coronation Street and Eastenders. She created and wrote the London-based detective drama South of the Border of which the BBC made two series.

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