The Storm

Having resisted the temptation to play with puns over the title of Neil Broadfoot’s second book, I am also resisting the temptation to heap too much lavish praise on this unputdownable follow up to Falling Fast.

If you loved Falling Fast you won’t be disappointed with The Storm. In this welcome return to reporter Doug and detective Susie’s world, things are complicated by the arrival on the scene of Rebecca Summers, a friend of Susie’s who gave up a career in the police for PR. The characters are strong, which makes the plot even better and it’s a pleasure to see old friends from Falling Fast reappear.

When Doug’s editor is shot and killed in front of him, he can’t report on the story as he’s a witness. Susie too, is sidelined, so both are forced to work on the murder and following murders, from the side, aided, or not, by Rebecca. Even with first person accounts by the murderer, we are kept on our toes right to the end.

As the action moves from Edinburgh to Skye, Doug has to work out which of his friends, old and new, he can trust. What might seem to be coincidences are not, as this clever plot unfolds, and unfolds and unfolds.

Neil Broadfoot again excels in writing about what he knows, the worlds of journalism, PR and Edinburgh. Welcome to Tartan Noir!


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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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