By Their Rules Paperback – 25 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Roger A. Price a retired detective inspector who had been in charge of a covert unit, which received national acclaim for its successes in engaging those who openly sold Class A drugs. Prior to this, he d been in charge of the C.I.D. at Preston, having first led a dedicated informant unit. He also worked on murders, drugs squads, and the regional and national crime squads, often in covert roles across the UK, Europe and the Far East, receiving several commendations. Now writing crime thrillers, he uses his previous professional experiences to add gritty realism. Visit the author s website at www.rogerapriceauthor.com
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We have a retired police officer, John Burrows conscripted by his former boss to head up a secret operational unit designed to bring down organised criminal targets. All this is hush-hush and under the radar, though ultimately sanctioned by government. Burrows is teamed up with Jane Lee, another former civil servant recruited from the ranks of MI5/MI6. Burrows and Lee form an interesting duo, both bringing a diverse range of skills to the party.
The target is Cabilla, a Congolese crime-lord operating in both London and Manchester. Burrows has previously seen Cabilla acquitted of serious charges after one of his informants was got to. After a drug-smuggling sting designed to take Cabilla down fails and results in the massacre of about 8 policemen, the authorities decide to take the gloves off and remove him from the picture.
Undercover cops, corrupt cops, drug smuggling, people smuggling, prostitution, surveillance, CCTV, phone-tapping, firearms, torture, abduction, murder, gangsters, witness intimidation, informants, shadowy govt. figures, criminal gangs, hierarchy, fear, violence, the courts, justice system, the Congo, Turkey, London and Manchester all feature in an interesting and satisfying book.
Enjoyable and entertaining without quite hitting - "Damn that was awesome" heights.
A minor gripe would be a tendency to perhaps over-explain the thinking behind certain operational aspects of Burrows and Lee's "mission," as opposed to allowing the reader to connect up the dots. Nothing that put me off or irritated too much though.
Would I want to read more from the author in the future? Yes, either the same team or if he writes about a fresh set of characters.
Overall 4 from 5 and a decent read.
I was supplied my copy by the author after a positive response to a request I made after seeing Raven's review, over at Raven Crime Reads.
Mr Price being a retired Detective Inspector hasn't researched Police procedure he's no doubt written it! Giving his book an authentic flavour it confidently stands alone from mass produced novels. My one complaint there's no follow up in the pipeline so I read slowly savouring each chapter.
As chapter 3 closes the plot is clearly explained and I'm not reading between the lines because there's enough keeping me occupied on the page. I'm having emotional attachments with characters liking a couple, hating a couple, more over intrigued in the "what's happening next". Burrows is a gentleman with a dark side who's partner Lee doesn't put everything in the shop window, they're a two man team under the radar in a covert Police operation.
The book's based on fact of course once official secret acts an all are signed there signed. It's action packed there's guns, 4x4 s, killings, warehouses etc... And being honest written by a man for men when often it's the other way round. Respect Mr Price highly recommended by me for GoodRead friends.
The story really moves along at a cracking pace and doesn't deviate into sub plots like some books do. Right from the outset you know what the likely outcome will be but just keep reading to the final page, you won't be disappointed!
Hope there is a sequel in the making Roger.
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