The Algarve. A time-honoured favourite of the humble British holiday-maker. But scratch the surface and you'll find a world the brochures don't tell you about - an outlaw's playground of death, greed and deception. A place of fragile alliances and unsettled scores. Of blurred lines, where sticking to your principles might just get you killed. This wild frontier will always need a ruler - it has never much mattered who. For here, the sun will always rise no matter how many fall. As a failed assassination attempt re-opens old wounds, two old enemies will lock horns once more to secure their interests and win a bitter battle of wills. Terry Swift and Roy Finch will need foot-soldiers - it will be these people upon whom they must focus their attention if either is to emerge the victor. Finch and Swift know their fates will hang on their recruits doing as they are bid. Mistakes will be costly. In the race to the bottom, who will come out on top?
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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite To become a king pin in the criminal world you have to stay one step ahead of the competition. In order to accomplish that you need to recruit a team of dedicated people, willing to do anything and everything you demand. No questions asked. Roy Finch has Eugene Dryden in his employ. Dryden, in turn, seduces and manipulates innocent and success-hungry Mark Gillespie to trust him as Dryden offers tempting employment and very attractive pay to further his own devious exploits as well as those of the power-driven Finch. Terry Swift has Jose; his long-time friend and confidante, willing and able to do his master’s bidding. Together these people expose an ugly world and even more unattractive personal pursuits. Finch and Swift are ruthless in their quest for success. If it takes violence, then so be it. In their individual worlds of protection rackets, drug trafficking, murder and much more, it is a game of ‘anything goes’ to remain the number one hoodlum. But what goes around inevitably comes around, even though the world appears to be your oyster. I found the story quite compelling, despite the many characters, which at times I found distracting, while attempting to keep track of each new introduction and understand what their connection was and how they would play out. However, as the book progressed, I found the main story thread strong enough to keep me reading on to the end. It was gratifying to find evil was repaid in sometimes surprising ways. Well worth the time to read. A good book!