The daughter of a black MP has been brutally murdered… When Viali Walker, a young beautiful law student, is discovered dead on London’s South Bank, her father Robert is desperate for justice. But with the police leaving yet another black murder unsolved, he turns to private investigator Ervine James to find out the truth.
Robert has his suspicions as to who is responsible: the far right organisation The Foundation. But is this a political murder? As Ervine’s investigations lead him from the strip clubs of Soho to the offices of the Nation of Islam, he discovers a daughter her father never knew, and as many suspects as people who were attracted to her…
Review: Jaded private eye Erwin James’s interest in justice in rekindled when the daughter of a prominent black MP is murdered. Was a sinister right wing party involved or was it the university lecturer with whom she was having an affair – or perhaps her Nation of Islam lover.A gripping thriller set in London’s underworld by one of Britain’s very best black writers. Highly recommended. (Kirkus UK)
‘ **** James Bond let loose in London’s Ladbroke Grove … Newland’s writing is fuelled by a deep political unease’ Marie Claire
‘Newland is to be congratulated … he deserves respect for representing the racist reality many Britons face daily’ Big Issue
‘Newland’s characters take the reader on an emotional roller coaster – one minute you’re laughing – next you are in suspense’ The Voice
‘Superbly plotted and coolly executed, SNAKESKIN brings the dark underbelly of modern Britain to life’ Crime Time