Very relevant to current affairs, this novel is based on the drug/knife/gang culture that is being reported on, so it has a real and chilling tone to it.
The initial scene introduces us to the victim and a witness who tries to save him. In the quiet before the storm, I got to like the witness who was then discarded as the army of police characters was bustled in. I had to concentrate then so didn't empathise as much with the subsequent goodies or baddies, getting slightly lost in their politics and relationships. I probably shared some of the realistic frustrations in the unravelling investigation.
The author has an eloquent, classic style and seems to have a detailed knowledge of the relevant procedures and systems. As the story ambled along, I did skim-read a little but the pace did build up satisfactorily to the exciting climax at the end.