Wednesday, 13 December 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Ian Patrick

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


to share his BEST OF CRIME ...

Author – Chuck Palahniuk. Incredible writer who explores what he wants to explore and not what he thinks publishers are looking for. He is a superb writer who uses dialogue effectively.

Locke. A Welsh construction professional leaves a Birmingham building site in his BMW – which is where he stays for the rest of the film, driving and making phone calls. Simple yet so effective! The way the drama unfolds just captivates you. Steven Knight is the writer and director with Tom Hardy as the lead role.

This is a tough one. The last one I saw, that I really enjoyed, was Life on Mars. It captured the policing of the time so well and so well written.

Hannibal Lecter. This killer had depth of character. He wasn’t one-dimensional and was a great match for Clarice Starling. I enjoyed the playoff between the two.

Clarice Starling. Clarice was a savvy agent with determination to get the job done. A different approach to detection. Due to the setting she had to build a trust with Lecter who held all the cards. I’ve interviewed Paedophiles who believed they could get away with the crimes they’d committed due to a superior intellect and perceived deception. They never did succeed.

Ashtray. It’s amazing what can be used in the heat of an argument that results in death.

Having spent 27 years in the police, I have attended many. To be honest each one is horrific and not what I would describe as memorable as you spend time trying to forget them. Hence I don’t tend to read much crime although I write it.

I’m fortunate in having a good working knowledge. Times change though, as does the law, so I do like Rebecca Bradley’s blog on police topics.

Trust your own process. You could speak to ten writers’ and they’d all come up with different ways that work for them. Find your own way and use it. I’d also say the same with voice. Find your own and stick with what works for you.

Wine Gums….many of them!

Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police. He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes. Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.
Rubicon is his debut novel published by Fahrenheit Press 

Find Ian Patrick on Twitter - @IPatrick_Author


Publisher's description
Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights. 
Sam Batford is an undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply. 
DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.
Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Rubicon was published by Fahrenheit Press on 21 August 2017.

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