Covert ops detective Ed needs a network of informants. Recruiting Ben, a young man recently released from prison, he must find a way for them to work together. However, vicious gang leader Troy soon drops them into a difficult situation, putting them both at risk. Battling their individual loyalties, can the two men fight crime without compromising their allegiances or their lives?
Written by a former Met police officer, this book has a realism to it that a lot of crime thrillers don’t. The day-to-day antics of the cops has a level of detail that brings the story to life without becoming boring or routine. Switching back and forth between the two main characters is a nice idea, giving both sides of the story, while maintaining a pacey plot. Having said that, I didn’t get into the story as much as I’d have liked and never really felt that I cared very much about the characters. Though the dialogue is snappy and quite amusing at times, there were also a few punctuation issues which jarred against an otherwise well-written book.
An interesting and clever book that will appeal to lovers of realistic crime stories.
About Ian Patrick
Ian spent twenty-seven years in the Metropolitan police the majority as a Detective Sergeant within the Specialist Operations Command. He specialised in Child Protection and was part of a Major Investigation Team that targeted abusers and investigated the murder of children.
His last seven years were spent in the Covert Policing Command where he managed a specialist covert unit dedicated to the detection and disruption of organised criminal networks across London and the UK.
Rubicon, Stoned Love, and Fools Gold are published by Fahrenheit Press.
How the Wired Weep is a standalone novel.
Rubicon is in development with the BBC for a six part TV series.
He appeared at Bloody Scotland in 2018 as a spotlight author on the opening night with Val McDermid and Denise Mina.
Ian’s undertaken a mentorship with Write4Film Scotland and is developing a script for a short film. He’s also an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy Scotland. He lives in Scotland where he divides his time between family, writing, reading and photography.
You can follow Ian on his website (see links below) where you can subscribe to his newsletter and get updates on blogs, events and books.
NB This post first appeared as part of a Damppebbles Blog Tour.
I like your comment about the realism, Colin. A lack of it can be jarring in a book.
Thanks, Robbie. Increasingly I find little things irritate me and spoil my enjoyment of an otherwise interesting read. Maybe it’s old age… 😉
Thanks for taking part in the tour and for leaving this honest review. Much appreciated, Ian.
You’re welcome 😉
Intriguing. It sounds like Ian Patrick has a few more stories in his locker given his background.
Here’s hoping 😉
Thanks so much 🙂
Always pleasure, Emma 😉