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Book Review of 'Hidden In Plain Sight' by Jeffrey Archer

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About the Author and the Book

Jeffrey Archer is one of Britain’s best-selling fiction authors. Before becoming an author, he was a politician. His works have been translated into 33 different languages and more than 320 million copies of his books are sold worldwide.

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ was published in October 2020 by Macmillan. The story is set in the late 1980s. It is the second book of Jeffrey Archer featuring William Warwick. The first book in the series is ‘Nothing Ventured’ in which William joins the Metropolitan Police Force against the wishes of his father. In this second instalment, William is promoted and is relocated to Drugs Squad.

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Storyline

William Warwick has been promoted recently from the post of Detective Constable to Detective Sergeant along with the relocation of his duties to Drugs Squad. He is very excited. As a part of his new role, he, along with his team has to apprehend London’s top drugs king Viper, also known as Rashidi, to stop the drugs trade. But, the biggest problem for the police is that they do not have any information regarding him.

Besides, they are also going after Miles Faulkner, who is serving a suspended sentence of four years. He is a very wealthy art thief and is a criminal mastermind. Through Adrian Heath, one of the street drugs dealers, William comes to know that Faulkner is also a big customer of drugs. With the help of Adrian, William and his team manage to catch Faulkner along with the possession of drugs. Adrian also helps the squad with the information about Viper. From another Under Cover Officer, they come to know that the place of Viper/Rashidi is very well protected and hard to reach. The whole operation to capture him will fail if they go openly with uniformed personnel. Hence, they planned a special operation.

Alongside, William’s personal life also goes on. He gets married to his fiancée, Beth. She is pregnant and William is all excited to become a father.

The story of Faulkner’s wife, who wants a divorce from her husband and wants to buy a dream home in Florida, also takes some part of the book.

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Evaluation

The characters of the book are enjoyable and the story is interesting. The author has written in such a way that characters come to life and can make the reader feel like part of the book. William has shown full dedication to his duties and followed all the work ethics. The character of William’s father, Sir Julian Warwick is one of the best in the whole book. The courtroom drama is also very noteworthy. The persona of Grace is impressive as the sister of William and as Junior of Sir Julian Warwick. The story goes through different scenes simultaneously. The book starts a bit slow but then gains pace. There are plenty of twists and turns in the book and also some suspense. The ending has a cliffhanger that tempts the reader to read the next book of the series.

As this is the second instalment in the series, those who will read this book as a standalone may get confused a bit in the beginning but the author is successful in making the reader comfortable with the story very quickly. Hence, the book can be read without going through the first instalment. However, those who have read the first one before will have the advantage of knowing the background of some of the characters.

I would recommend this book to any adult who has an interest in reading crime novels/thrillers. For those who want to start reading such novels, I would suggest they should read the first book of the series before coming to this one.

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