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- Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (November 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PCSRBUM
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I first encountered this lovable hobo with a purpose in Nixon's high-paced thriller, The Fix ...which I highly recommend. He was more of a supporting player in the cast, but Russian Roulette gives him his own stage to shine. I'd already read Dreamland and Plastic Fantastic. Along with five other brilliant novellas, Nixon puts his most notable creation to the forefront.
The author pulls no punches and delivers his craft with a sink or swim approach. Pay attention and you will find yourself floating along nicely. He attacks you, the reader, with a vicious combination of descriptive prose followed by a one two punch of deliberately trimmed down sentences that push only the important points across and leave the unnecessary filler words in the can. I truly admire this guy's style.
All in all, a well-rounded lineup of stories that do a truly remarkable character the justice he deserves.
I don’t think it’s harsh on the author to state that his original brand of crime fiction will not be to everyone’s liking, but for me it ticks a helluva lot of boxes…..setting, character, pace, action, humour. When all those elements are present – strap me down and I’ll enjoy the ride.
Across the range of the seven connective pieces, we are initially introduced to our ex-KGB Russian Konstantin and his new home, the run-down seaside town of Margate. Konstantin has a way of attracting trouble, mainly because of his inability to turn a blind eye to others in need. That attribute is recognised by the troubled dominatrix, Felicity aka Plastic Fantastic and for a few of these vignettes we have our nightmare duo operating in tandem.
Low-life criminals, tramps, dodgy councillors, priests, prostitutes, fake lawyers, ‘roid-raging family abusers, pimps, pub landlords, clairvoyants, scouse gangsters, the Margate underworld, Dungeness, a trip up North, old school friends, Aussie barmen, the Stanley twins, a botched robbery and amongst it all a trip to South Korea where we witness Konstantin functioning in his previous life.
Gritty and glorious, dirty and dynamic, fast and furious, etc etc
5 from 5
Nixon currently resides in Broadstairs, once home to a chap called Dickens. I know who I would rather be reading.
Other offerings still waiting on the pile from him are The Fix and The Eagle’s Shadow – a historical mystery set in Rome.
Keith was kind enough to send me a copy of Russian Roulette, but I was enjoying it so much I did the decent thing and went and bought my own!
Certain genres tend to focus more on plot while others, the characters are what matters most. Crime fiction or suspense, like this series, is normally all about the plot. Each installment of this series has a plot that is fast paced and satisfying. If this is your thing (and it is mine), you’ll have no complaints. But as I considered after each installment and, even more so, at the end of the series, what it was that stood out for me, it was the character of Konstantin. What I’d learned about him, how (or whether) he’d changed over time, and what that meant.
When I first met Konstantin, when reading Dream Land, he was obviously a bad guy. As in he did things most of us would consider bad. Breaking laws wasn’t something he seemed to even be conscious of. Leaving broken bodies in his wake was the norm. I wouldn’t have called him evil, but believe I used the term amoral. If the reader was ever explicitly told why Konstantin had fled Russia for the shores of England, it slipped by me. My impression was whatever his “job” was, it was shady, although I also thought the possibility was high that he worked for a covert government agency. Regardless of what he did, he’d crossed the wrong person, and needed to leave.
Over the course of the series, my opinion changed. I came to the conclusion that Konstantin wasn’t amoral, he just operated on a different set of morals than most of society. There were people he cared about or others who he felt were unable to defend themselves, who he’d go well beyond what most people would to protect them. He wouldn’t look for trouble, but if trouble found him, he’d meet fire with fire. Those broken bodies in his wake were self defense when someone chose to tangle with the wrong guy. Sometimes first impressions are the opposite of reality.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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