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by Ronbet Hale, 26 June 2017. ISBN: 978-071982251-3
PI Frank Doy steps out of his
holiday hotel in Prague and straight into a street fight ... where he saves
Leon Podolsky, a wealthy Russian businessman, from being abducted. When Leon
asks him to become his security consultant, Frank finds he’s taken on the
book is well named – the short chapters move the book on swiftly, and the
characters barely have time to pause for a drink before the action hits again.
The story’s narrated by Frank Doy, a likeable character with a wry, self-aware
voice which adds humour, and he’s surrounded by an interesting cast: the
likeable but ruthless Leon and his two sisters, Lenka, the fighter, and Olga,
the homemaker, along with Leon’s efficient right-hand woman, Martha. The
opposition boasts an array of thugs, gun-toters and other operators, who spend
the book shooting, ambushing, exploding, and generally creating mayhem. From
Prague the action moves to superyachts and exclusive restaurants in Montenegro,
a restoration job on an historic house in England, and then back to Prague.
There’s also the fun – since Leon is super-rich – of transport problems being
solved by sending for a limousine, private helicopter or exclusive jet. In
short, the action is fast, the dialogue snappy, and the plot constantly
cracking non-stop adventure story, with a likeable hero, a good range of
characters and an unexpected end twist.
Dan Latusis the pseudonym of Ian Bullock.He grew up in Teesside. His novels are inspired by the
places he knows best. And Then You're
Dead, like Run for Home before
it, is set partly in Northumberland and partly in Central Europe, a region he
frequently visits and one where he has lived and worked.Of his other novels, Out of the Night, A Death at South Gare
and Living Dangerously are all set in
Cleveland and Teesside, where he grew up and lived until he moved for a time to
Canada. Now, though, he lives in Northumberland with his wife.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.
A review of her recent book Ghosts
of the Vikings can be read here.