For the snobbish upper-crust that live around London’s Regent’s Park, the homeless are an eye-sore and a nuisance. Only Mary Jago, a meek young woman who has recently moved into the neighborhood to house-sit shows compassion. When someone starts murdering members of Regent’s homeless community, only Mary seems to notice or care. Through her quest to discover the murderer, she embarks on a journey to overcome what she perceives to be her own insecurities and passivity, putting her life in danger both from the middle class world she knows and the world of the dispossessed that she does not.
The book’s plotting is a master class, its suspense breathless, its denoument shattering.
15th-19th October 2012, BBC Radio 4Extra
Read by Claudie Blakely
Abridged and produced by Hilary Dunn
Executive producer Olivia Seligman
‘The Keys to the Street’ on the BBC