The Betrayed
By Andrew Iyer
Book Guild £14.99
FT bookshop price: £11.99

This meat-and-potatoes mystery pivots around the theft of a French old master, “one of the most valuable paintings in the world”.

In 1966, East End gangster Eddie Doyle led a heist of the picture which went wrong – people were killed, and Doyle sentenced to life.

Before being put away, however, he managed to hide the painting. Now, 30 years later, he is trying to get his hands on it – as are a rival gang.

Meanwhile, Peter, a blameless lawyer, is caught up in the drama for reasons too lengthy to go into.

Iyer’s third novel does exactly what is required by its genre – plot, plot, plot and twist – and nothing more. One for those who like their mystery stories plain and unseasoned.

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