Seems like the thrillers I've read lately with special operators as their lead character have all been written by Americans. So, that makes this book a treat. It's massively British.
John Milton works for MI6, in their department of problem solutions. He's been there for 10 years. He's killed too many people, targets and potential witnesses, to count, although he has kept count. He has to. They visit him in his nightmares. It's time to retire from a job you can't retire from.
He puts in his verbal notice anyway. On his way to the latest of the temporary places he calls home, he saves a suicidal woman. That gives him his first chance to start helping people and atone for all the death he's caused. This does not go quite like he planned.
This is where the Britishness of the book really shows up. People live in flats or council housing on estates. In the us that would be people live in apartments or public housing in subdivisions or affordable housing communities. Building have ground floors and first floors that you go up to. There are other examples that could take you out of the story if you let them. I kind of like having my world view as regards language expanded. It reminds me there are other countries out there that speak differently.
The book was a bit exciting. Things did not happen as John expected all the time. John takes the setbacks as learning experiences and tries to do better next time. He does plan to have many more next times ans he will take them as they come.
I received the copy of the book I read for this review from BookishFirst.