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Published by Matador, 28 November 2018. ISBN:
978-1-789015 09-6 (PB)
been harbouring a secret passion for recycling and waste transfer tips then Trashed is a must read for you. Written
with authority by somebody who definitely knows what he is talking about Trashed roars along at a great rate,
certainly a good deal faster than most waste disposal lorries you ever come
across lumbering along narrow streets or patiently waiting for more loot to be
thrown into their gaping jaws.
the form of precious metals that are extracted and recycled from redundant
electronic devices provides Ayman Runihura - ex-Egyptian Commando’s - and his
bunch of thugs with a legitimate excuse to drive lorries in and out of the
rubbish tips. Runihura uses his lorries as cover to bring in and then
redistribute all sorts of proscribed cargoes such as illegal immigrants, drugs
and guns. With the help of backhanders to suits in authority, and strategically
placed strong men in the waste yards, Runihura was happily raking in the
profits from his various nefarious activities, that is until Paul Stafford
appeared on the scene.
Stafford has recently retired from the military and has taken over five
recycling tips – one way or another there is good money in rubbish! Paul’s
arrival disrupts the gang’s illegal activities so Runihura arranges a little
warning to encourage Paul to fall into line. A bomb is exploded on one of
Paul’s tips. It kills two people and injures others. More reprisals
follow, but in true heroic style Paul seems without fear and he is having none
Constables Lee Gibson and Nicole Martin from the local police, ex-army mates
Captain Ryan Peters and Sergeant Garfield Lewis, and Special Forces, Paul
investigates and discovers what is going on at his tips. He pushes back against
the venomous international criminal gang who will stop at nothing to keep their
supply chains open.
Trashed is packed with both action and tragedy. Whilst
descriptions of the gang’s activities would render it a no-go area for the
faint-hearted, those who can cope with gratuitous violence and the physical
abuse of women will enjoy the evergreen battle between the forces of good and
evil. There is a hint of potential romance for Paul that will doubtless be
expanded if, as I suspect, the charismatic Major Stafford lives to tell another
Reviewer: Angela Crowther
Norman Townsend was born and raised in Oxford. He
has previously worked as a photographer, salesman, labourer, warehouse manager
and milkman. He moved to Andover thirty years ago, starting his career in the
waste industry, before retiring in 2009. Trashed
is his debut novel.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.