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An earthy East-end setting gives this gritty, city-wise story gutsy appeal. The times are hard and the language is worse, there's enough forgery, breaking-in, harassment and thuggery to keep the Met. going for weeks. It'll need careful pre-reading before releasing it into book collections in more gentle climes. Its derring-do appeal, however, will make it cult reading with the over-14s, especially if they missed an episode on TV.