Time To Win BY HARRY BRETT
BY HARRY BRETT CORSAIR OUT 27 APRIL
hen Norfolk crime lord Richard Goodwin dies after his car ends up in a river, his family’s grief only goes so far. His wife, Tatty, coped with his brazen cheating by dosing herself up on prescription pills, while their grownup children had retreated from the baleful influence of a bullying father and the biggest crook in Great Yarmouth. But when Tatty realises it was murder rather than suicide, the widow’s natural instinct for revenge suggests she’s just as ruthless as the gangster she married.
Although the windswept seaside town may be a bit of a backwater, the power vacuum means Yarmouth increasingly feels like the New Jersey of The Sopranos. Drug dealers are executed, bodies are buried under the mud, and Tatty soon starts throwing her weight around, including a memorable standoff with a disrespectful local on a mobility scooter.
Rather than describing relentless gangland violence on the page, Brett employs a delicate balance of humour and menace that draws you into the narrative. There’s also a winning double act in Tatty and Frank, the dead gangster’s burly fixer who’s busy tending his garden when he’s not cracking heads. The character-driven plot, masterful suspense and stark coastal setting ensure that Time To Win is firmly in the top flight of crime writing.