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Bombproof Paperback – 6 August 2009
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- Publisher : Sphere (6 August 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1847443095
- ISBN-13 : 978-1847443090
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 2.29 x 23.5 cm
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About the Author
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.
Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.
He lives in Sydney.
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Bombproof is a gritty, coarse and satirical story of London’s criminal underbelly and how an ordinary guy, who just wanted to play guitar, brought them unstuck.
Robotham has mixed a colourful, well developed cast of characters with a storyline that will make you squirm and hold your breath leading up to an adrenalin pumping finish.
Top reviews from other countries
If you want a totally plausible 'conventional' crime drama, and your corsets are so tightly laced you can hardly breath let alone dare laugh, then perhaps avoid. The 1 star reviews cover this ground well.
So no it's not completely serious and if you take it as such you'll be wasting your money, and missing a treat. Yes it's a police drama but 'not as we know it Captain'.
This book gripped me more than any other in the series, held me, delivered chortle after chortle, and the occasional outright laugh.
The now retired detective Ruiz also features as someone who tries to help Sami. We also have corruption and a number of unanswered questions. There are a couple of good lines in the book but the writing lacks richness and the characterizations the author is usually able to develop.
I finished Robotham's "Shatter' not too long ago; "Bombproof' is a long way off the standard Robotham set in that book and others prior to it. 7/10
I read it to the end out of curiosity and to see just how silly the finale would be. But I started skimming at about the three quarter mark when it became clear that all hope of realism had been cheerfully abandoned. Substituted by Hollywood-style action, with the cliche scenarios accelerating in frequency.
I could understand if this had been a very early novel. But the inclusion of Ruiz and the references to his friend O'Loughlin clearly show that it post-dates at least one of them.
Written to a deadline for a quick payoff perhaps? But at what risk to his reputation with previous fans like me!