Rubicon, by Ian Patrick

I’ve had Rubicon on my Kindle for ages, and eventually found a gap to read it. And am I glad I did! I loved this gritty story. Ian Patrick has a slick, clever writing style that whisked me along and had me laughing out loud at times. There’s fascinating interplay between the characters and the protagonist, Sam Batford, with his street smarts and dubious character, is hugely engaging. I was never quite sure whose side he was on, which kept me guessing – and totally intrigued. Another fantastically vivid character was the gangster girlfriend, Zara Stoner. She, despite being used and abused, is funny, flirtatious and awfully lovable – and I felt desperately sad for her. This is a quick, fabulous read that I recommend for all crime thriller lovers. And just by the way, the author had a career in the Metropolitan Police, where he spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. No wonder Rubicon comes across as so authentic.

Book blurb:

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.


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