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Disorder: A ruthless conspiracy to silence the truth (Sam Keddie Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sam Keddie is a psychotherapist who gets drawn into a complex web – mainly consisting of psychological, and sometimes real, high walls and seemingly insurmountable barriers. As in the very best fiction, Magrane makes the unbelievable become reality without stretching the imagination of the reader.
Disorder is fast-paced and takes us through the highest echelons of the UK government to the souks of Tangier and back to Downing Street, where the author’s obviously intimate knowledge (or great story-telling) transports us into stately rooms and back door constriction. Magrane brings fictitious characters to life, and leaves the reader with the uncomfortable thought that perhaps today’s current crop of politicians are as dangerous and slippery as his creations.
The plot is straightforward. Keddie and Eleanor Scott go on an unlikely hunt for a truth that everyone wants to avoid. They build an investigation in the face of constant danger and open threats to their safety and lives.
Paddy Magrane has a page-turning, easy reading style without making the overall book a simplistic cartoon. His career in psychotherapy, freelance journalism for some of the Fleet Street nationals, interest in art, and travel has clearly helped to fashion a flowing style that brings a host of disciplines together.
Disorder gallops along, but at a pace that is also carefully modulated. Magrane avoids jumps in time and place and, despite the swift changes in location, continuity is cleverly maintained so the reader is carried along with the current and doesn’t have to readjust. It’s great bloodthirsty book and it, has the most unsettling and vicious villains and killers. The separate strata of finales keeps tension at a very high level.
I’m late to the party with Paddy Magrane’s books. That will be rectified.
The lead character, Sam Keddie, makes for a fascinating and very different kind of protagonist - someone who brings lots of emotional insights into the complex, labyrinthine case he is trying to solve. And what a case - one that goes right to the heart of government and the establishment.
It's a cracking read - fast paced and authentic and well researched too.
Before starting Disorder, I read a few of the other reviews of the book. Many of them compare Magrane to Robert Harris, while others say the book would make a great film/TV adaptation. I completely agree...
I started reading it on a long train journey, normally I fall asleep no matter what I'm reading, but this was so exciting I got drawn into the story and before I knew it two hours were up and it was time to get off. As far as I'm concerned it doesn't get much better than that. I guess it would be too much to hope for if the next Sam Keddie book would be out before I go on holiday?
Let's start with the positives - the style was readable, it was fast paced but that's about it. Set against that, there was very little character development, a weak plot and stunning political naivety from the author. Needless to say, the first and last book I'll be buying from this author.
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