This unpredictable debut novel is massively informed by the author’s first-hand experience of every day British policing. Tony Ryan brings immense depth and detail of actual hands-on police work to his tale, down to every minor detail. Like the painstaking process of investigating a missing person case in the rural west of England.
That’s the springboard for this story in which clever plotting conceals the author’s true intentions. A young man’s car breaks down on a remote backroad and he seeks help from a ramshackle old mansion – where he eventually encounters his ultimate destiny.
Throughout Ramus, the author challenges our preconceptions and the clichés of crime fiction. He tackles the thorny subject of mental illness without flinching. There are some strong scenes set within the prison system, and plenty of pithy observations about the effectiveness of the British justice system in (not) rehabilitating criminals.
We’re also introduced to an intriguing police investigator, DC Jain. He’s clearly committed to performing his duties well and comes over as a man of conscience… but he’s not one of life’s over-achievers. More like an ordinary bloke doing the best job he can.
This is a first novel and it reads a little stiffly in places. There are a few passages which needed an editor’s pen to tidy up the punctuation – but it’s still better than most self-pubbed indie novel. The author has a wealth of actual policing experience to share, and he’s created an unusually interesting character to serve as a springboard for further investigations. I’d happily read another so I hope he continues to hone his writing craft.
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07YP84KTR
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #552,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)