Stoned Love : Ian Patrick
Ian Patrick’s previous Sam Batford novel, RUBICON has been optioned by the BBC.
Detective Sergeant Sam Batford has been lying low at a remote safe house in the highlands of Scotland. He's doing his best not to attract the attention of the enemies he made, on both sides of the law, during his last under-cover operation but Batford knows he’s just killing time.
Inevitably the sharks begin to circle and as Batford is called back to front-line action in London he’s thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse where it seems everyone is out to get him.
After having to endure a frustrating resolution to their previous undercover operation together DCI Klara Winter from the National Crime Agency is determined to prove that Batford has crossed the line into criminality and finally bring him to face justice.
All Sam Batford wants is to outwit his enemies long enough to stay alive and come out ahead of the game.
Praise from other authors.
‘A taut, exciting and utterly authentic thriller with a compelling narrator’ – Louise Voss
‘A sharp, slick, gripping and compelling novel’ – Jane Isaac
‘A portrait of corruption and moral ambiguity.’ – Paddy Magrane
Praise from readers.
‘Simply brilliant - a fantastic novel and one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good crime thriller.’
‘A smart, fast-paced thriller. If you’re looking for something that is different which will take you on an exciting ride, I highly recommend this book.’
‘Fast paced thriller which maintains a keen eye on high quality writing. Sam Batford’s intriguing character, makes for a read you won’t want to put down.’
‘Would translate perfectly into a TV series, it has got that edge about it that keeps it raw, fresh and gritty. Organised crime and corruption go hand in hand to provide a "grab you by the throat" kind of read! Read it and see!’
‘Starts with a bang and just keeps going! fast-paced and keeps you wanting more. I expect to see a lot more from both the author and the character.’
‘I really enjoy crime thrillers by writers such as Peter James and Mark Billingham and Ian Patrick has the skills to become a force in this genre. His experience as a police officer shines through and gives great credibility to the novel. I look forward to reading more about Sam Batford over the next few years!’
‘The characters, dialogue, everything was spot on for me. Gritty, totally believable and Excellent!’
‘London Noir at it best. Ian Patrick captures the corrupt beat of the city with every line.’
‘Twists and turns told in a dark, gritty compelling style.’
‘A super read. Great characters acting out real lives in real times. It’s all there - stress, temptation, corruption. It makes the reader flick through the pages at lightening speed.’
‘I was hooked from the first chapter. The plot is fast and compelling. The author shows his knowledge and skill in the portrayal of undercover police work and criminal investigation combined with a sharp wit and great style. He clearly knows his subject and this is definitely a must read!’