Fools Gold by Ian Patrick (Sam Batford Book 3)
Detective Sergeant Sam Batford returns in the 3rd book of the critically acclaimed series by Ian Patrick.
Sam finds himself once again under the steely eye of the newly promoted Detective Superintendent Klara Winter as he goes deep undercover on a London council estate.
A gang of armed robbers are running riot across the city and Sam must infiltrate the gang, win their trust and gather the evidence his colleagues in The Met need to get them convicted and off the capital’s streets for good.
Old habits die hard though and Batford is soon juggling lies within lies as he tries to bring the gang to justice, make sure that his own interests are served, and stay one step ahead of DI Winter who is more convinced than ever that Sam is a bad apple who must himself be brought to justice – if only she could find a way to prove it.
Praise for Ian Patrick
' A smart, fast paced thriller - Rubicon is a book which you can easily lose an afternoon to. If you’re looking for something that is different which will take you on an exciting ride, I highly recommend this book.'
'A fast-paced thriller which maintains a keen eye on high quality writing.'
'Rubicon is fast-paced and keeps you wanting more. I expect to see a lot more from both the author and the character.'
'It’s not hard to see why Ian Patrick’s pacey crime thriller, Rubicon, has been optioned for television. First of all, it oozes authenticity – hardly surprising given the author’s former incarnation as an undercover Met officer. Patrick is such a skilled writer that the detail is drawn lightly, with Batford’s backstory, complex chains of command and a multi-layered investigation seamlessly woven into the story.'
'This is a beautifully crafted thriller which holds the readers attention from begining to end. Full of suprises and unexpected events this is a book that engages the reader in the struggles of the characters. Nothing is straight forward and nothing is as it seems. The writting is sophisticated and imaginative with a wonderful eye for detail. A great novel which sucks you in and holds you there.'
‘Simply brilliant - a fantastic novel and one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good crime thriller.’
‘Fast paced thriller which maintains a keen eye on high quality writing. Sam Batford’s intriguing character, makes for a read you won’t want to put down.’
‘Would translate perfectly into a TV series, it has got that edge about it that keeps it raw, fresh and gritty. Organised crime and corruption go hand in hand to provide a "grab you by the throat" kind of read! Read it and see!’
‘Starts with a bang and just keeps going! fast-paced and keeps you wanting more. I expect to see a lot more from both the author and the character.’
‘I really enjoy crime thrillers by writers such as Peter James and Mark Billingham and Ian Patrick has the skills to become a force in this genre. His experience as a police officer shines through and gives great credibility to the novel. I look forward to reading more about Sam Batford over the next few years!’
‘The characters, dialogue, everything was spot on for me. Gritty, totally believable and Excellent!’
‘London Noir at it best. Ian Patrick captures the corrupt beat of the city with every line.’
‘Twists and turns told in a dark, gritty compelling style.’
‘A super read. Great characters acting out real lives in real times. It’s all there - stress, temptation, corruption. It makes the reader flick through the pages at lightening speed.’
‘I was hooked from the first chapter. The plot is fast and compelling. The author shows his knowledge and skill in the portrayal of undercover police work and criminal investigation combined with a sharp wit and great style. He clearly knows his subject and this is definitely a must read!’