It’s been too long since I last read a Harry Virdee novel! Well, if you like dark and twisty then let me entice you to read this excellent Bradford based series!!! DCI Harry (Hardeep) Virdee is a really interesting fictional detective for several reasons. First of all, he’s a Sikh, married to Saima who is Muslim and both of them are rejected by their families for their mixed religious marriage. In this book, Saima, a nurse, becomes closer to Joyti, Harry’s mother when she saves father, Ranjit Virdee’s life. Despite this, Ranjit refuses to open his heart to Saima and emphatically and cruelly rejects her overtures of friendship. Secondly, Harry for the right reasons often treads a very fine line between lawful and illegitimate methods of bringing perpetrators to justice and achieving results with the aid of his brother Ronnie. Ronnie has legal businesses and some that are most definitely not and he is quite powerful in the underbelly of the Bradford drug scene.
The City of Sinners is probably the grittiest of the series. There is a vicious serial killer in Bradford who is targeting women who he sees as ‘sinners’ which transpires to mean women ‘who do not stick to their own kind’. Harry and Saima are examples of what the killer’s twisted mind rejects and this case becomes very personal to Harry. This is a brutal case which has hatred and revenge at the heart of it. It is fast-paced, very well plotted and exciting especially the audacious finale. This can easily be read as a stand-alone but the first two books are also good and it does help with understanding the back history of the Virdee family. Overall, an excellent read.