Publisher: Fahrenheit Press (21 Aug. 2017)
There are no spoilers in this review, which does restrict what I can say.
Setting: London 2020
This book is a thriller which dragged me in from the start and pulled me along with the momentum of the action. It wasn’t all high tension, there were moments of rest and insight.
Most of the book is written from the perspective of the protagonist, DS Batford. There are breaks where we see things from the point of view of the secondary character, DCI Klara Winter. I liked the way her off the record log kept up a nice balance between the arrogance of DS Batford and the realities of the case: often Batford thinks he has Winter worked out but she’s understood him and his motives better than he thinks.
The plot is multi-layered, we’re never really sure where Batford’s loyalties lie. He’s certainly complex and like my own character, Salazar, he has a code of morality which does not coincide with the law. The same is true of many fictional detectives, Holmes wouldn’t necessarily turn someone in at the end of a case. Having said that, Batford certainly lies further beyond the system than Holmes ever did, but then Holmes never seems to have had money worries.
The book takes us into the world of crime, its sleaze and its cruelty. People are disposable if they get between the Big H, the gangster being investigated by Winter, and his money. His greed ensures a complete lack of empathy for anyone else around him. The environment is one of casual and often extreme violence. We see the consequences of the violence too but for the most part, during the novel, there isn’t time to brood or mourn.
We are also shown some of the results recent cuts to policing have caused: DCI Winter, the one person doing a straight policing job, sees her budget reduced to the extent that she can’t really compete with the highly-funded crooks she’s dealing with. Winter is underrated and undervalued yet, to me, she was the real hero of the book – the one who keeps on despite all obstacle in her way, the one losing sleep to help keep the streets safe and the one who does it because it’s her job and not because she’s going to make a personal profit from it all. She faces prejudice for being an accelerated graduate recruit yet, from what we see, she has a good idea of what’s going on and what needs to be done to stop it.
Rubicon is a bad boys and girls’ own adventure for the modern age. I’m looking forward to the sequel which is in the publishing pipeline.
Rubicon is available on kindle and paperback from Amazon. You can get the paperback, kindle and ePub directly from the publishers, Fahrenheit Press.
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After picking up Rubicon you can then go for my novels, A Citizen of Nowhere, A Dead American in Paris, and The Paris Ripper.