This is Liza Cody's second appearance here. It is not a conventional crime story a much as a reflection on the fact that, as another British author noted, "a policeman's lot is not a happy one."
I was standing with five other people, arms linked,. protecting a man dressed as a giant cauliflower who had superglued himself to Lambeth Bridge.
Well. That's an opening gambit that certainly caught my attention.
Shareen Manasseh is our narrator, a Jewish woman whose family came to Britain from India. She joined the police force and, without much training, was assigned to infiltrate the climate change activists - she calls them rebels - who shut down much of London and were threatening to do it again.
Her time with that group has her rethinking her allegiance. Did she become a cop to get "black-and-white certainty" or because it was better "to be with the bullies than against them. I was tired of being picked on; I just want to belong."
Shareen's loyalties are put to the test when a protester is found dead. Was this just an accident? Was he beaten in police custody? Or is there a red wolf among the green lambs?
And most importantly: Is Shareen thinking like a cop or a rebel?
A fine story with a lot of food for thought.