The Rutland Connection is the first book in the Frank McBride series from author Michael Dane. Michael spent over ten years as an officer in the Customs and Excise National Investigation Service investigating drug trafficking, VAT fraud and smuggling of all kinds. He later retrained as a lawyer and joined the private sector where he investigated fraud and corruption all over the world.
Lincoln 1997. Veteran customs investigator Frank McBride has been targeting gangs of drug smugglers for decades. Taking out John Pyke’s team of Lincoln-based criminals is just another operation until suddenly things become interesting.
Why has Pyke’s team suddenly become so professional? How has it become so adept at evading surveillance? And who is the mysterious figure who is pulling the strings? McBride relishes having found a worthy opponent. But who is he? And what game is he playing?
Michael Butcher wants to know why his grandfather, a retired brigadier living in a tiny Rutland village, has decided to become an international trafficker in narcotics. Involving him in an elaborate game where the price of losing is life in prison.
McBride and the Brigadier become enmeshed in a private duel, but only one of them knows the rules of the game.
The Rutland Connection is a cracking start to this new series from Michael Dane. Michael has played to his strengths and has crafted a believable, exciting and well-researched story, using his knowledge from his previous career.
It’s a fast-paced and thrilling read, which also has elements of humour in it. It keeps you on your toes. Very much looking forward to reading more of the series.
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