The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick

I got this book cheap as part of a promotion that The Times was running. It is a thriller set in London, featuring a former mercenary and a policeman. They take turns providing the narrative, and their stories cross over and come together by the end.

If you are looking for something diverting then you won't go far wrong with this. It is certainly not the best written book I have ever read, the prose is unremarkable, but generally it goes along at a fair pace, and though never terribly wonderful, it is never terribly dull either.

I am sure that there are better thrillers out there, but this is a decent enough potboiler, that manages to feel reasonably fresh and convincing, despite covering what could be very cliched territory.