Killer Tune (3 stars)

Dreda Say Mitchell

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Killer Tune

(Hodder & Stoughton)

SOCIAL THRILLER

Conspiracy, murder and music make an intoxicating combination, and Dreda Say Mitchell uses them to wonderful effect in this hugely enjoyable second effort. Following on from the success of the award-winning Running Hot, Killer Tune finds the east London-born author shining a torch on the changing faces of her hometown and its criminal underworld as we follow cocky rap sensation Lord Tribulation on the hunt to find the killer of his reggae legend father, unearthing two generations of crime and complex relationships in the process.

Vibrant descriptions of the English capital and its colourful characters fill the novel while Mitchell also peppers the plot with musical references, twists and turns and dramatic cliff-hangers, turning the work into a fascinating social and cultural commentary. Whether you’re completely melody mad or an urban sounds novice, Killer Tune is an original and intelligently crafted read that will have you gripped from start to finish.

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