Falling Fast

Falling Fast may be a debut novel but there’s nothing amateurish about the way Neil Broadfoot puts his tartan noir crime novel together.

Like the hero, Doug McGregor, Neil was an ambitious  journalist, working all hours against unkind deadlines, determined to see his name in print. So the hero’s life,  lifestyle, dialogue and dilemmas fall into play very naturally. Now safely away from the world of journalism, Neil works as a communications officer for the Scottish Government and so another of the lead characters, Hal Damon, appears convincingly to work in PR, in this case, managing a story featuring the death of a Tory MP’s daughter. 

The heroine is a female detective, Susie Drummond, with whom Doug has a relationship, purely professional and platonic at the moment, but bubbly enough to lead to something unprofessional in a sequel (we hope!)

Each of these three  wants to know how and why the girl died and all have different theories. Doug and Susie work together, Hal has a different mission, which is less about exposure of the truth.

The crux of the plot is, Did she jump or was she pushed? Literally, from the Scott Monument in Princes Street. I changed my mind almost with every chapter, as intrigue and realism vie for conviction. We don’t have to have a crime novel with blood and guts on every page and there is plenty of opportunity to suspect less violent, though not less unpleasant, motives from a cast of rounded characters, none of whom is plain grey.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while – congratulations to publishers Saraband for bringing it to the light of day.

Falling Fast is available in paperback and e book from Amazon

About Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.
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