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.
Ian Patrick’s debut starts with a bang and just keeps going. As noted in the book blurb above, Sam Batford is an undercover police officer, who is walking the wrong side of the line, although the very nature of the work he is involved in makes that line very blurred indeed. But he is unashamedly corrupt; the very first chapter makes that clear.
His approach to his work is unconventional, irritating his real bosses, DCI Klara Winter (who’s forced to take him onto her team), and the gangland types he meets. He’s such an unlikely copper that he fits right in with them.
Ian has written Batford as cocksure, and whilst he might irritate those he comes into contact with, for the reader, he’s a true delight. Rubicon is fast-paced and keeps you wanting more. I expect to see a lot more from both the author and the character.