A little time has passed since the bloodbath that closed Sharman's initial outing (A Good Year For The Roses). With the discovery of photos of well known people in compromising positions. Nick is able to do a deal with a police officer on the rise that is of mutual benefit to the pair of them.
Interesting that a pedophile ring of people in the public eye that are shown in those photographs has been a focus for the British media in the last couple of years. This follows on from that Jimmy Saville business and other similar scum who would have been active when Nick's first adventure was written.
In this episode. There is love interest in the shape of Jo Cass. The American beauty who is living in Tulse Hill whilst she completes a post graduate course. Briefly mentioned is that Nick had an older brother who died some years before.
Nick Sharman is hired for what appears to be a straightforward recovery of a debt. However, things are never that simple with Nick.
Soon Sharman is a target for revenge. As his world becomes a climate of danger.
There is no help from the police either as there is bitterness as they know a senior police officer is protecting him and for his part in taken out the corrupt cop Detective Sergeant John Reid. The man who who pulled the trigger on the bullet that injured Nick's foot when they worked together at Brixton CID. Reid was linked to Sharman's first ever client George Bryant.
There is much drinking, drug taking, sex and violence with Sharman giving regular quips of welcome wit. Enjoy.
In this second novel of the Nick Sharman series by Mark Timlin we find the tough London private detective trying to recover some unpaid royalties on behalf of reclusive rock star Mark McBain. During the course of the story the narrative builds slowly, allowing Sharman’s character to really shine through before things get complicated, violent and painfully tragic. Timlin writes in a cool sardonic style giving Nick Sharman an air of Philip Marlowe/Mike Hammer about him combined with a gritty British slant. Sharman is an ex-cop, ex-drug addict who likes ladies, classic cars and booze for lunch. This is tough crime noir given a talented and stylish polish by the author. Although It’s not essential to have read the first novel A Good Year for the Roses before this one it does give a greater background to Nick Sharman’s history. To conclude Romeo’s Tune is brutal, shocking and heartbreaking in equal measure and leaves me searching for the next book in the series.
The second Nick Sharman thriller is actually quite thin on plot when you boil it down. Lots of sitting about from Sharman, falling in love, eating, drinking, taking drugs etc - but not too much story to propel it along until the final, bloody shoot out, which is pretty much in keeping with the first title in the series.
It's briskly told stuff, but the gaps in the plot are papered over in unlikely fashion, and it does feel a bit dashed off and rushed - but thankfully not to the extent of Timlin's most recent Sharman book, which was awful.
Thankfully, No Exit Press has paid more attention to the typos and formatting this time around, so it's a better read on Kindle than the series opener, which frankly needs a major overall in e-book format.
These titles are entertaining enough if not a little samey. Not sure they are worth £3.49 a pop, to be honest.