Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2021
‘Excellent, lucid, intelligent and gripping’ – Scotsman
‘An utterly riveting read’ – Guardian, Thriller of the Month
6 December 1993. A drug dealer called Scrappy is shot and left for dead on her mother’s lawn in South Central Los Angeles. Two local gang members, Wizard and Dreamer, are arrested. The problem is: one is guilty, the other wasn’t even there. It had to be a frame-up. And the cops had to be responsible, didn’t they?
Narrated by the characters involved – the suspects, the victim, the families who love them, and those simply doing their jobs – The System tells the story of one crime, from the moments before shots are fired to the verdict and its violent aftershocks. It’s a breakneck journey through the American criminal justice system. A system that can save you, or break you.
Pacy, immersive and vivid, with strong characterisation and no punches pulled, this is an utterly riveting read
Guardian, Thrillers of the Month
Gripping, meticulously-researched and smartly-plotted, I devoured this brilliant novel over the course of a weekend.
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
The most compelling courtroom drama I have read this year
Sunday Telegraph, Novel of the Week