The Rock. Gibraltar. 1966. In a fading colonial house the dead body of a beautiful woman lays dripping in blood. The Rock. Present day. Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan arrives on The Rock on a three-month secondment from the London Metropolitan Police Service. Her reasons for being here are not happy ones, and she braces herself for a tedious 12 weeks in the sun. After all, murders are rare on the small, prosperous and sun-kissed Rock of Gibraltar and catching murderers is what Sullivan does best. It is a talent Sullivan shares with her new boss, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick of the Royal Gibraltar Police Force. He's an old-fashioned cop who regards his new colleague with mild disdain. But when a young police constable is found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment, Sullivan and Broderick begin to unravel a dark and dangerous secret that will test their skills and working relationship to the limit.
About the Author
Robert Daws is a British theater and television actor best known for his roles in series such as Jeeves and Wooster, Midsomer Murders, and most recently, as Dr. Thomas Choake in Poldark.
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"The Rock" is the debut crime novella by tv/stage actor and broadcaster Robert Daws, and is a great introduction to the Sullivan and Broderick murder investigation series. DS Tamara Sullivan is sent on a 12 week secondment to Gibraltar after failing to obey orders in the London Metropolitan Police. She soon finds herself involved in an investigation unraveling a dark and dangerous secret relating to an incident back in 1966. Her relationship with her boss - no nonsense 'old school copper' Chief Inspector Broderick is a joy to read - there's humour at times but also respect and understanding that ends in them both being placed in perilous danger. I loved all the brilliant characters in this well crafted story, Robert has done really well in conveying them as likeable people and I thoroughly look forward to meeting Sullivan and Broderick again in the next in the series "The Poisoned Rock". I'd heard a lot about Robert's writing before I'd started reading this book and I am very impressed at the professionalism and expertise of his story telling, plot line and character development. I purchased this book through the year long monthly Urbane Book Club and yet again this book shows just how much thought and effort goes into producing their quality books, every page is like a work of art - it's so beautifully typeset and printed. It's easy to read this novella in less than a day if time allows and having done so myself, I felt like I'd just watched a mini tv show, it's was so full of excitement, tension towards the end, and an unexpected twist that keeps you turning the pages intrigued as to where the investigations were leading to. I can't recommend this book enough, a richly deserved 5 stars for a fabulous debut novella.