Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights.
Sam Batford is an undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply.
DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.
Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Rubicon was published on the 21st August 2017 by Fahrenheit Press. Many thanks to Emma of damppebbles for inviting me on this blog tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book for this review.
Rubicon is a fast paced novel with an extremely interesting protagonist in Sam Batford – an undercover cop who is walking a very fine line between right and wrong to get the result he wants. Right from the beginning, Sam was a very authentic character in his approach and the way the author has written his dialogue – his confidence just oozes from the pages.
Rubicon is a gripping and dark read, there are a few explitives throughout the book however these are used appropriately and in context – the language isn’t gratuitous, it is just reflecting how it is in the circles that Sam is infiltrating. Rubicon is a relatively quick read given it’s pace and the short chapters.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style, took me a few pages to get used to the snappy chapters but from then I was gripped! Ian Patrick’s background shines through this book and gives the story its authenticity – having been there, he understands the pressures that the police force feel every day and the fact that it potentially can only get worse in the very near future which is when this book is set. It’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel – it’s so good and brilliantly written.
Rubicon is a clever novel which shows the two sides of the same investigation, 2 very different individuals trying to achieve the same outcome.
A brilliant and interesting take on a police procedural!
Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police.
He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes.
Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.