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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.
Magrane, who is a psychotherapist, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his main character, the increasingly likeable Sam Keddie. What I thoroughly loved was that Keddie is not an action hero. He doesn't race into fist fights, nor walk away from explosions. The character is very grounded and more importantly, very real. He experiences what normal people would in the situation: confusion, terror and anger. He really holds the book together and with his blossoming and chemistry filled relationship with Eleanor Scott, he becomes a quite brilliant protaganist.
The story itself is shrouded in mystery that takes you from London, to Morocco and back in no time at all, all the while you get the impending sense of the walls closing in. A cabinet minister is found dead a few days after visiting Magrane and suddenly, he is in the governments cross hairs. I won't go into any more detail, however if you like a page turning thriller, then this really is the book for you.
Written with extreme confidence and knowledge, splashed with some witty one liners and a compelling conclusion, this is the first in what I personally hope will be an ongoing series for the plucky Sam Keddie. Readers of thrillers, if you haven't read Disorder, then you really need to make it happen....and quick!
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