Broadfoot, Neil - 'The Storm'
THE STORM is the second book by Neil Broadfoot and is every bit as superb as his debut novel, FALLING FAST. Fast-paced and extremely disturbing, this book is a must-read for lovers of Tartan Noir. It keeps you guessing right up until the end and when the truth is revealed it leaves you feeling somewhat worse for wear.
Leading on from where FALLING FAST ended, crime reporter Doug McGregor is in his paper's morning meeting and witnesses the horrific sniper-shooting of his boss, right in front of his eyes. In the aftermath of the death, and unable to keep the images of what has happened out of his head, Doug heads away from Edinburgh to go and seek refuge with his former mentor, away up on the Isle of Skye. In his absence, the police soon have two other nasty cases to deal with - a suspected suffocation of a young disabled man after a traffic accident and a particularly gruesome murder of a top Edinburgh lawyer. It seems as if all three might be connected and DS Susie Drummond, a friend and confidant of Doug's, who is getting into increasingly hot water for her connections with him, sets out to try and solve the case, despite being told to stay away from it. Doug is disappointed to be missing the action, and decides to come back home quicker than originally planned. Unbeknown to him, though, he might just have ended up right in the centre of the trouble.
Neil Broadfoot is a very welcome addition to the growing band of talented Scottish Noir authors and the awards he is starting to win for his work are testimony to his talent. His work is well-written and a fast read - simply because you can't let it go. It sucks you in and messes with your head big time, which is something I personally rate very highly. If you like your fiction to leave you feeling uncomfortable then you are definitely going to love THE STORM. There is no need to read FALLING FAST beforehand but you really should, as it is equally excellent and introduces you to Doug and Susie. I wonder what will happen next?
Extremely highly recommended.
Amanda C M Gillies, Scotland