February 11th, 2021 by Jane Turner
This review of A Deadly Deal by Simon Fairfax comes courtesy of a Blog Tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. A Deadly Deal is available as ebook or paperback.
Moneymakers are king, no matter their methods. When an honest man stumbles into their world of deceit, will they drag him down to destruction?
London, 1986. Rupert Brett is eager to make his mark. But even though he’s newly qualified to tackle jobs within the cutthroat property brokering industry, his ambitions are blunted when he must face off against ruthless competitors. And with his career on the line, he finds himself adrift in the murky waters of insider trading where knowledge is the real currency.
Clinging to his ideals but beginning to realize how deep the corruption goes, Rupert’s unprepared when a group of hard-nosed developers frame him for murder. With few friends and the law on his tail, his only way out may be a bargain with the devil.
Can the young surveyor thwart his enemies’ plans in time to save his reputation and his life?
This is the first book I’ve read by Simon Fairfax, and I have to say I’m a little disappointed. This one should have been better, I should have liked it more. Everything is there, except pace.
It starts well. Excellent background on the high-living, ‘greed is good’, misogynistic 1980s – realistically captured and accurately portrayed. We meet the characters (lots of characters), the ‘office’ (quite a few, actually), LOTS of bars…
And then it just gets slow. Slow as molasses slow. If I wasn’t reading this for a blog tour, I would have put it down.
This one could have done with a developmental edit. Minutia, irrelevant detail, tangents. Extraneous stuff not necessary to the story, detail of everyone’s suit… There is so much that could have been cut! I slogged through.
It did come together at the end, but ended up a little unsatisfying for me. I’ll leave you to make your own decision.
One thing I do know, I’m glad I never had Rupert’s job!
As a lover of crime thrillers and mystery, I turned what is seen by others as a dull 9 – 5 job into something that is exciting, as close to real life as possible, with Rupert Brett, my international man of mystery whose day job is that of a Chartered Surveyor. Rupert is an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances who uses his wit, guile and training to survive.
Each book is written from my own experiences, as close to the truth as possible, set against world events that really happened. I go out and experience all the weapons, visit the places Rupert travels to, speak to the technical experts and ensure that it as realistic, as possible allowing you to delve deep in to the mystery, losing yourself in it for a few hours.
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