Published by Boldwood Books on February 2, 2022
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Genres: Crime Fiction
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Diamond by name…
Handsome, wealthy and successful, lawyer Nick Diamond is a man who commands and expects respect from everyone he meets. People think he is a man to be trusted. They are wrong.
Deadly by nature.
Because away from his glittering life in upper-class Chelsea, Nick is keeping a dark and dangerous secret. One that takes him to the slum estates of Glasgow and a very different world.
Nick will do anything to keep his secret under wraps, because if it’s ever revealed it would be his downfall.
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It took me several chapters to become invested in Diamond Geezer. It’s a gangland novel and there are no characters to really like, which makes sense, they’re almost all up to their necks in drugs and the crime world. That being said, it turned out to be an engrossing story.
Nick is living a double life. He’s a successful lawyer with all the privileges and tokens of upper-class life. At the same time, he’s deeply involved in the Glasgow crime world. The book is mostly set on an estate in Glasgow, where Nick’s grandma lives. The estate is more or less ruled by a mysterious character known as “The Undertaker,” who provides drugs, food, jobs. The people of the estate, most of whom are living in poverty and addicted to one thing or another, rely on him, even if they don’t know who he is. It’s interesting, though. They have to look out for themselves, but there is also a sense of community and respect.
It’s a story of family, secrets, crime, and suspicion. And violence. It is a gripping story and there are a couple of surprising twists. I didn’t love the ending though. It was shocking, but it leads too much into the next in the series. I like books, even the first in a series, to be a little more self-contained.