Review: Barry Maitland's latest thriller is set in the debauched art scene

By Michael McKernan
December 10 2021 - 1:00pm
  • The Russian Wife, by Barry Maitland. Allen & Unwin, $32.99.

Novelists have been pretty rough on Police Integrity Units of late. Grim, never-smiling investigators turn up to grill decent cops just going about their jobs. Threatening them with the sack or - even worse - time in the slammer. Barry Maitland's skilled homicide cop, Detective Inspector Kathy Kolla, is in real strife with London's Professional Standards Development and a senior officer, Bernard Crouch. Rusted-on readers will find this almost incredible.