It is 1979 and Britain has lived with the curse of the sinister Chinese Triads for too long. Only a combined operation by the CIA and SIS can eliminate their deadly cells of activity. But when the chosen hatchet men arrive from Hong Kong, and the list of gruesome Soho murders grows, the powers that be at Scotland Yard and in the Secret Service clash head-on. And Commander Allan Dice, one of the most trusted officers in the Police force, finds himself waist-deep in a dangerous, corrupt and embittered world of rivalry, espionage and violence.
For many reasons the SIS want to penetrate the highly effective Chinese Secret Service in Britain. Repeated failures to do so have now goaded British intelligence into joining with the CIA in a new and extremely questionable undertaking known as Operation Redlight, directed by the unscrupulous Roger Firth.
After the covert arrival from Hong Kong of the three Washermen to disrupt the Chinese Triad cell in London, there is a sudden outbreak of murders. Redlight is thus brought into fierce conflict with Scotland Yard, and it is Commander Allan Dice who has to try to halt the whole deadly scheme instigated by Firth.
Despite opposition Dice’s instincts and experience make him realize that the enemy lurks not only in Soho’s narrow streets, in decaying dockside warehouses and on the Sussex downs, but also within his own sphere of control.
In this brilliant story of detective and intelligence officers at loggerheads, Peter Hill has created a dynamic and compassionate thriller, set against the sinister world of London’s Chinatown. And again Allan Dice, whose personality played so dominant a part in The Fanatics, quietly but powerfully asserts his strange integrity.