NB This post first appeared as part of the Blog Tour for ‘A Deadly Deal’ via Rachel at Rachel’s Random Reads.
London, 1986. Newly qualified surveyor Rupert Brett’s job in the brokering industry may be the making of him. But the ruthless nature of the business isn’t what he’d expected, and he soon finds that the competition is fierce and without remorse. Can Brett keep his head above water and stay out of trouble without throwing his ambitions to the wall?
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it got off to a great start, pulling me in from the first page. However, from there, the plot slowed down so much that I began to wonder if the early promise might have taken a nosedive. To be fair, Simon Fairfax captures the feel of the eighties very well, with the sharp suits and attitudes that were so prevalent at the time. But he also spent a lot of time introducing dozens of characters very quickly that left me confused about who the important ones were. It felt as if the first few chapters clogged up the rest of the story. Thankfully, the plot does get back up to speed later but if this had been a casual read, I’d have given up before then.
An interesting and well-researched book that should have been better.
As a lover of crime thrillers and mystery, I turned what is seen by others as a dull 9 – 5 job into something that is exciting, as close to real life as possible, with Rupert Brett, my international man of mystery whose day job is that of a Chartered Surveyor.
Rupert is an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances who uses his wit, guile and training to survive.
Each book is written from my own experiences, as close to the truth as possible, set against world events that really happened. I go out and experience all the weapons, visit the places Rupert travels to, speak to the technical experts and ensure that it as realistic, as possible allowing you to delve deep in to the mystery, losing yourself in it for a few hours.