The Rock by Robert Daws (@robertdaws)

The Multi-talented British actor and writer, Robert Daws has penned a deliciously gripping crime novella.

Metropolitan Police officer, Detective Tamara Sullivan has broken ‘the rules’. As a result she is ‘punished’ with a 12 week secondment to the sun-drenched British Territory of Gibraltar. (Would that all our punishments were this irksome.) There she is put to work for the irascible, yet similarly motivated and determined, Detective Inspector Gus Broderick. The pair’s skills are soon tested when the death of a young colleague drags them into a mystery that spans several generations.

It is always nice to be in at the start of something big. Here we witness the genesis of, what will be, the formidable crime solving partnership of Sullivan and Broderick. This is a classic and well executed example of the procedural crime story. Mr Daws weaves the various strands of his tale together with great skill. He creates an enjoyably intricate web of potential suspects and motives. All the elements and characters are utterly believable and this includes the various ‘red herrings’ that keep the reader guessing right up to the final resolution.

Great characterisation, finely painted scenery and a well-constructed plot combine to produce a story that stands head and shoulders above many of its contemporary rivals. I image television executives are already rubbing their hands with glee as Gibraltar stands ready to become the new Midsomer.

I love this genre and it is always a pleasure to see new work worthy of the canon. I look forward to meeting up with Sullivan and Broderick again soon.


A entirely well-deserved 5 stars. More soon please, Robert!


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. zencherry
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 18:02:00

    “(Would that all our punishments were this irksome.)”

    Amen. What do I have to do to get punished to the Barbados, I wonder.


  2. lincsdave
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 20:19:49

    Make mine a Jack on the Rocks, sweetie


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