A Friend In Deed by G D Harper: totally absorbing

A Friend In Deed

Britain: a few years from now. A new populist political party has won the recent general election.

Duncan Jones, freelance political journalist and blogger, loses his weekly column at a national newspaper and turns to investigative reporting. The chance remark of a friend leads him to suspect that the Russians are directing the new British government’s policies and decisions. As he visits Moscow and Ukraine to discover more, scandal follows intrigue, dark forces attempt to silence him by whatever means possible and he turns to an unlikely ally for help.

A Friend in Deed is a fast-paced psychological thriller set in an all-too-believable near future. It is also the story of how one man confronts the traumas in his past and works out how to resolve them.


My review

This is a totally absorbing novel.

A Friend in Deed is a political thriller as well as a psychological one, but it’s not obsessively political, in that you don’t need to be addicted to politics to enjoy what goes on. However, awareness of current political events in the UK add depth and pertinence. And send a warning – the events in the novel don’t seem so far-fetched compared with England in 2019.

The book is thus an edgy, fast-paced, multi-genre thriller that really does have you turning the pages at breakneck speed. Together with Love’s Long Road and Silent Money, A Friend In Deed forms a tight-knit series. The novels are linked in many ways, from the characters, situations, settings, even the dialogue at times. The implications of those earlier novels are felt throughout this third one. However, the book works as a standalone too but if you’ve read one book by this author, you’re going to want to read them all.

The settings in the novel are remarkable, detailed and extremely atmospheric. And so topical, as I’ve hinted already, given the current mess that Britain is with interference by foreign powers, corruption and rich, over-entitled people throwing money around believing they can buy anything. Fortunately they can’t quite: there is still some morality in the world, and white knights can take strange forms. Whilst Duncan is intelligent, thoughtful and wants to do the right thing, he’s flawed and a sixty-something journalist might not give the impression of the sort of superhero we need! But it’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back. Courage and determination can have lasting results.

G D Harper is an exciting and talented author whom you absolutely must discover for yourself.


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Author bio

I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.

I worked in Russia and Ukraine for ten years, which gave me the ideas for the plot and setting that I used in A Friend in Deed.


Social Media Links – www.gdharper.com

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/harper_author


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