Blast from the Past – All Through the Night by John Wainwright

All Through the Night by John Wainwright (1988 PaperMac edition)

All Through the Night by John Wainwright (1988 PaperMac edition)

This is another of John Wainwrights excellent meticulous chronicles of every day life for police officers in a Northern town in England.

This focuses on a smaller timescale even than the earlier All on a Summers Day and covers the period from 10pm on Tuesday 1st May to 6am on Wednesday 2nd May for the officers at Radholme police station near the Yorkshire/Lancashire border.

During this time, the police find their normal night time routines on what should be a quiet mid-week night interrupted by a break-in at the local branch of a chemists chain and 2 tearaways in a stolen Jaguar, It is the first of those that has the repercussions that dominate the second half of the book and show just how well Wainwright knew police procedures and the changing world of policing.

If you do like realistic British police procedurals then I would look out for John Wainwrights books in a second hand shop or online (the image above is for the one I bought which is the last published edition)

 

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