Neil Broadfoot - Falling Fast
"I have no compunction whatsoever in recommending this superb debut..."
Story-hungry journalist Doug McGregor is out to track down a convicted rapist and on the run after being hounded out of his home by a lynch mob. But a grisly suicide in the heart of tourist Edinburgh piques Doug's curiosity and diverts his attention - especially once his police contact and occasional drinking partner, DS Susie Drummond, reveals that the victim is connected to a high-profile and controversial politician. Together, they find themselves unravelling a story of secrets, drug abuse, violence, murder...and the ultimate taboo.
Neil Broadfoot is a new boy on the crime fiction scene and he has delivered this ripping tale of capital high jinks. There's no question – Broadfoot is the real deal. He writes with flow and pace, employs a nice touch in misdirection and his story snares you from the off.
I enjoyed spending time with his protagonists McGregor and Drummond. The journalist and copper twosome is a well-used trope in crime fiction – for good reason, it works. And in 'Falling Fast', Broadfoot continues that tradition to great effect. For a nice change, he was not tempted to suggest sexual tension between them, simply making them pals who do each other a favour now and again - most likely, getting the other into trouble with their respective bosses. I have to admit a fondness for Susie Drummond. I do like a strong kick-ass woman in my crime reads.
I have no compunction whatsoever in recommending this superb debut to all you crime fiction fans out there. You will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: M.M.