The first novel from Paul Ekert centres around the media frenzy that descends on Rallow New Town after a horrific murder takes place there. It follows Jon Baptist as he reports on the crime and the police that are hunting for the murderer.
Baptist has spectacularly fallen from grace and is given an assignment that a junior reporter could have done. The reporter is down on his luck, smoking and drinking too much and he desperately needs a break to redeem himself with the studio bosses. It looks like that break has come when first he gets a tipoff about a possible story at a funeral and then stumbles across the possible identity of the murderer. Despite Baptist being a loathsome character you can't help feeling that things will turn out good for him.
Fast paced with the story switching between the reporter's and police's search for the killer this book will keep you wanting to know what happens next. With strong, believable characters this book has the feel of an Ian Rankin novel. A great page turner that will keep you hooked until the end.
This book is easy reading, a rare quality in a first novel, where other writers fall into the trap of too many adjectives and adverbs. Not so Mr Ekert, whose pacey style and authentic dialogue carry the reader along at a fast and furious pace towards an unexpected denouement. This is classy-stuff, and deserves to do well. Ekert is an inventive storyteller with his hand on the pulse of what interests the modern reader.
I have just finished reading this wonderful book by Paul Ekert. This is a fast paced thrilling book to read. I couldn't put the book down. A murder mystery written with brilliance. I can't wait for the next book. Can't recommend highly enough.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and i am glad i took their advice and bought it as it is a great read it is well paced and the author has a great 'no holds barred' writing style and does not shy away from content which i found to be a change to some authors in this genre.
I was then surprised to hear that this was this authors first novel and all i can say is my hat is off to him and i hope he writes more in the future.
I started reading this book late on a Friday evening and what a mistake that was, I just couldnt put it down two days later I had finished it.
Im not normally a fan of this genre but the book was highly recommended by a freind so I gave it ago and am glad I did. I found the plot creative and the structure of the story refreshing, I loved the way the book moves from character to character drawing you into their minds, building on each of their own personal stories then all coming together for a fantastic finally. Paul Ekert is a skilled and imanganitive author and I will definatly be keeping my eye out for any future novels that he writes.