By Aubrey Paton for The Times:
Siege is the latest work of author Simon Kernick, probably the most talented of the darkly witty and altogether brilliant new wave of British crime writers.
A group of ruthless terrorists (are there any other kind?) distract the police with a series of well-placed explosions, and then invade an upmarket London hotel, taking staff and guests hostage.
There’s the diabetic, there’s the man with inoperable cancer who checked in to the hotel where he planned to kill himself, and there’s the young woman about to join her fiance in Australia.
Scotland Yard eventually realises what’s happening and is about to send in a Swat team: the response is jeopardised. The terrorists have kidnapped the husband and children of assistant Deputy Commissioner Arley Dale, who is leading the team.
If lightweight plot-driven page-turners are for you, Siege will fill a few hours very happily, but for those of us who follow Kernick’s work, this is a massive disappointment.
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