7/series starring Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend. Finally trying the last of official Scotland Yard's patience, Woodend has been posted to his home town and the highly autocratic and supposedly modern rule of Chief Superintendent Ainsworth, whose approach to policing is at odds with Charlie's more intuitive methods. Saddles with a resentful but attractive female "bagman" (sidekick for us Yanks), Charlie's sent to investigate the murder of another cop. It's soon apparent to the sleuth that he's being fed a load of codswallop. Why do the local cops not want him to find the causes of their colleague's death? Enthusiasts of going-against-the-tide inspectors will find this entertaining, and Charlie's methods spot on. It's a 3.5. The book is so old no cover remains for me to include.
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