Deadly Focus

Written by R C Bridgestock

Published by AuthorHouse

234 pages

Review by Emma Harrison


Deadly Focus is the debut novel from Bob and Carol Bridgestock. Bob is a 30-year CID veteran, and his expertise is evident in this mystery/crime thriller. This book is an insider’s view into British police procedures as well as a glimpse into the personal and family sacrifices police officers have to make in their daily lives. The hero is Jack Dylan, who must maintain himself at a professional level as he tries to bring a child murderer to justice while at the same time coming to terms with his feelings for his partner, Jen. There is an easy, conversational style to the writing—a lot of simple sentences and direct dialogue—though I was engrossed enough in the details of how police work happens in Britain to overlook the simple style. I think readers of police procedural novels will enjoy Deadly Focus. I found the character Jack Dylan intriguing enough to want to know more about him, and since this is the first book in a series I’m looking forward to the next book.


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