Traitors Gate

HarperCollins. (William Warwick, Bk. 6). Sept. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780008607388. $30. THRILLER
Once a year, Scotland Yard is responsible for security as the crown jewels are removed from the Tower of London for the queen to wear at the opening of Parliament. It’s a nerve-wracking job for Chief Superintendent William Warwick, and it’s a relief when he can forget about it for another year. He would rather worry about career-criminal Miles Faulkner, just released from prison. When an insider offers Faulkner the chance of a lifetime, to steal the crown jewels, he’s quick to grab at it. If he and his team can pull it off, he can discredit Warwick and all of Scotland Yard. Archer’s riveting page-turner follows a minute-by-minute timetable of the heist, along with a frantic countdown as Warwick and other Scotland Yard officers backtrack to find the missing jewels before Faulkner’s theft is revealed to the newspapers.
VERDICT The sixth William Warwick novel (after Next in Line) pits master criminal Miles Faulkner against the Warwick family in a riveting cat-and-mouse game. Best for fans of the series, although the book can be read as a stand-alone heist novel.
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