“[Going East] does for contemporary London what The Bonfire of the Vanities did for 1980s New York. Once you start reading, you are unlikely to stop. Once you finish, it makes you think about the world we have made for ourselves.” —Allan Massie
Mia Taylor’s life is enviable: she is loved by her glamorous, powerful family, she has a high-profile career, she feels trust and love for the world that surrounds her. And then a violent crime destroys it all in one night. Struggling to overcome her anguish and understand what has happened—and why—she immerses herself in London’s gritty East End, where raw reality confronts her daily. As she starts to emerge from grief, she encounters clues to what may have been a cover-up for her family’s destruction. And in following them she begins to piece together the truth about the men she once revered. The evidence unravels against a complex urban backdrop, rich with characters set in a legendary locale. Politics and corruption, poverty and decadence, bigotry and class warfare converge in a story and becomes a testament to the resilience that is possible in the wake of turbulent times. Going East is at once a mystery and a love story; it heralds the arrival of a brilliant storyteller.