#RubiconBook by Ian Patrick blog tour @IPatrick_Author @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles

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Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights.

Sam Batford is an undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply.

DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.

Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.


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Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police. He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes. Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.
Rubicon is his debut novel published by Fahrenheit Press. He now lives in rural Scotland where he divides his time between family, writing, reading and photography.


Rubicon is a smart, fast paced thriller by Ian Patrick which delves into the criminal underworld, exploring drug trafficking, gang culture and corruption in the police force. This book is for you if you enjoy your crime fiction gritty and with plenty of action. I’m really looking forward to reading more from Ian Patrick.

We are introduced to Sam Batford, a corrupt, undercover officer working with the metropolitan police. He is tasked with investigating crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino, but Sam has different motives to his boss, DCI Klara Winter who is determined to bring the gang lord to justice. Unknown to Klara, Sam has his eye on Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply and he makes it his mission to get his hands on it.

This was such an exciting read. At first, when I read the blurb of the book, I wasn’t sure if it was quite going to be my cup of tea, but I was quickly proven wrong. I became swept up in Sam Batford’s dangerous and risky world which was surprising at every turn. I wanted to learn more about Sam and I was really excited to see how the story would develop. He is a very different character to character’s I have come across before in crime fiction and he made this book feel very fresh. Ian Patrick is a writer who has clearly done his research and this comes across well in his writing, you can see where his own experience of working as a police officer and a detective has shaped some aspects of the story.

The visual aspects of this book were excellent and I think that this is a story that will translate well to the big screen; I have heard that Rubicon has been optioned by the BBC which I will definitely be keeping an eye out for.

Rubicon is a book which you can easily lose an afternoon to. If you’re looking for something that is different which will take you on an exciting ride, I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Emma Welton at Damppebbles for inviting me to take part in the tour.

Publisher: Fahrenheit Press

Publication date: 21st August 2017

Print length: 231 pages



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