Happy Monday everyone!!! And I’m thrilled to be starting this week off by kicking off the blog tour for Keith Nixon’s Russian Roulette. Alongside me on today is Mark over at Mark Wilson Books so don’t forget to head over there for his tour post!
Big thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour. I’m reviewing my own copy of Russian Roulette.
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 councillors 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.
What Did I Think?
I read Keith Nixon’s Dig Two Graves last year and thoroughly enjoyed it so meeting more of his characters had to be on the cards. But Russian Roulette is a very different style of book to Dig Two Graves, though his characters are equally unique and memorable.
I loved Konstantin, he’s the ideal antihero. He doesn’t want to get involved but when he does, he doesn’t hold back. And he’s a man with plenty to stories in him. I’ve got a feeling I’ll be returning to the world of Konstantin!
Now then, what can I say about Fidelity! She’s a woman on a mission, passionate but desperate. She’s a feisty woman not to be messed with. I loved her brazenness and attitude. Mr Nixon has created one hell of a woman in Little Miss Plastic Fantastic!!
There is dark humour bubbling within the narrative. The chapter titles are slightly tongue in cheek to what’s to come and what’s happened. Konstantin is very dead pan and dark with his humour which adds to his character.
I thought when I started, this would be a simple crime/gangster style thriller but the more I read, the more layers Nixon developed and this became a complex tapestry of threads that woven themselves into the picture that is Russian Roulette.
Who Is Keith Nixon?
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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