Title: Russian Roulette by Keith Nixon
Date Published: 4th May 2018
A reluctant investigator, a sordid English seaside town, a criminal underbelly.
Trouble has a habit of seeking out Konstantin, whether he wants it or not. Starting from the moment he arrives in the seedy seaside town of Margate where he’s supposed to be in hiding from his ex-employers. All Konstantin wants is to keep his head down and be left alone. But it’s not to be. People have their problems and Konstantin can’t help but get involved.
Konstantin has to overcome the drug dealer, the loan shark and a Liverpudlian gangster. Then there’s the so-called good guys, the councilors and lawyers who are worse than the criminals. Enter Fidelity Brown, aka Plastic Fantastic, a dominatrix who has her own mélange of secrets and lies, and nightclub owner Ken who’s connected to all the wrong people. Both help Konstantin solve the cases dropped on his doorstep.
Cue deception, murder, mayhem as the Russian settles into his new life. Margate will never be the same again. And neither will Konstantin…
Meet the enigmatic Konstantin, a man with a dark history and darker future in the start of a unique crime thriller series laced with a healthy dose of black humour. Pick up Russian Roulette to find out what all the fuss is about.
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So this is the first in the Konstantin series, and my first book by Keith Nixon. I was a little hesitant at first, an ex KGB agent living in Margate, who has runs ins with a Liverpudlian gangster and a dominatrix didn’t quite seem up my alley but I’m glad I took a chance.
If you’re tired of the same old mystery/thrillers and you’re looking for something a bit different then I’d highly recommend this book!
Russian Roulette is a fast paced and fascinating crime novel, focusing on the underbelly of society. It is also told in a unique way, through interlocking short stories and short chapters that will have you flying through those pages.
I love Konstantin. He’s a big burly Russian who tends to make his own rules and enjoys a good fight but he’s also got a moral compass, helping out anyone in need and defending those who need it.
Keith Nixon also thankfully manages to avoid many Liverpudlian stereotypes which I really appreciated.
Overall Russian Roulette is a quirky crime novel incorporating black humour with a weird and wonderful cast of characters.
Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.
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