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Why a Booktrail?

2000s: Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife..

  • ISBN: 978-1975736965
  • Genre: Crime, Hitman/Gangster, Thriller

What you need to know before your trail

Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights. Sam Batford is a corrupt 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.

Travel Guide


A London where crime lords rule and where the police who track them down are hiding in the shadows along with the bad guys. Where no one rules the streets, apart from the drug barons and dealers.

Lots of evocative detail here:

At the lights I cross and avail myself of the London bike Scheme. The one thing this government has enabled is state-endorsed crime. Santander may sponsor the bike but that’s not the message being ‘pedalled’. I cannot tell you the amount of pushers I know who use this service to transport their commodities about the London streets…”

And attitude:

“I have nothing to do with either of them but I do have my own set of morals. Morals are the velcro of society”

If you feel you’re being watched, you probably are. The author has worked in this area before and you can tell. Surveillance methods, cars racing up motorways with special lights, the process of ‘leapfrogging’..

The author has spent most of his career in the Specialist Operations Command of the Metropolitan Police, and has used his knowledge and training to really get things spot on.

Then there’s DS Sam Batford – a law unto himself in an already lawless London.

Streetview Maps

A) London - Jamyang Buddhist Centre – Elephant and Castle
B) London - Albert Embankment

Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

I had the pleasure of hearing bout this when it was a mere twinkle and then a draft in the author’s eye. I was not disappointed. Very impressed in fact despite being a little scared of Ian  now I’ve read this. What a dark horse, eh!? You think someone’s worked in the police like many others and expect a certain kind of novel but then the dark horse gets up and kicks you out of that stable of thought! Ian, a blast of a novel.

There were many twists and shocks along the way. Short sharp sentences make this crack. Bam bam bam go the words on the page, hammering home every bit of violence, fear, surveillance stress and drug dealing to keep you glued to your seat.

I’m exhausted now. What a ride. Need a rest. Well, until book two!

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Rubicon

Destination : London  Author/Guide: Ian Patrick  Departure Time: 2000s

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