I think it’s always great fun to discover a new author, somebody I’ve never read, or heard of. It’s even more fun when it turns out to be someone good, someone you want to read more.
I just finished The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths, an English detective potboiler by Harry Bingham. And it turned out to be a good one.
In the story, psychotic detective, Fiona Griffiths, gets an undercover assignment to investigate a vast plot to reprogram corporate payroll systems. If successful, the scheme could syphon off billions of pounds and bankrupt many businesses. Fiona is sent to infiltrate. She is perfect for it, yet her boring demeanor hides a psyche that is barely tethered to the world. But her particular detachment and intelligence suit her to both the assignment and the dangers inherent in it.
In a wonderful turn, Fiona Griffiths’ cover, Fiona Grey, bequeaths her a mental hold on the world she has not had. And it is her cover who carries both of them as “they” are buried in the peril and uncertainty of the investigation.
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths is a wonderful read.