Published: 28/02/2017
ISBN: 9781785899003
eISBN: 9781785897658
Format: Paperback/eBook



“Good to find a novel with a strong social message about the way we live now”
Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

...read more

Buy Printed Book

£6.99

Buy as a printed book
from our online shop

Find this ebook at your favourite retailer


About the Author



My novels deal with how people live their lives in a diverse globalised capitalist world. In 'Ardent Justice', Ade struggles against the corruption of the City of London, where high finance and street... read more

There are 0 items in your basket | Checkout

Ardent Justice
by Peter Taylor-Gooby

Could you hate someone enough to kill them? And what if they deserve it?

Ade is a tax-inspector. She hates the City of London. She hates the endless corruption, the bland assumption that tax is for the little people. She hates the casual sexism, the smug self-assurance, the inviolability of the men she deals with, and the cold certainty that nothing you can do will ever touch them. Then Webster tries to rape her, and she hates him enough to try to kill him.

She finds herself in the world of the rootless, marginal street homeless who live meagre lives in the shadow of the office blocks that house the rich. She meets Paul, an Occupy activist who works with homeless people. Ade and Paul become modern-day Robin Hoods, getting involved in various attempts to expose the scale of fraud in the City and help the poor and dispossessed, but the power of money to influence government and control the media defeats them. As their love for each other grows, they find real fulfilment in fighting for the rights of ordinary people, such as Gemma, a homeless single parent. Then Webster comes back into Ade’s life and it’s payback time.

Ardent Justice is a gripping feminist thriller, endorsed by Polly Toynbee, the leading Guardian columnist. It tells the story of Ade’s struggle against the City and for her own integrity, and of her love for Paul, and of how hard it is to live a morally good life in a corrupted world. It has been inspired by Zoe Fairbairns and Lionel Shriver and will appeal to fans of character-led thrillers. Profits will be donated to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.

  • Author News
  • View Press Coverage
  • Read Book Reviews
  • Review This Book

NetGalley Five-star Review: "This is a brilliant book. Anyone who has ever felt wronged by big business, has ever dealt with chauvinistic men who think you owe them something because you have breasts and they don't, should read this book. A beacon of hope in a world gone dark, this book is what the world needs right now."
A new review on Amazon: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Thought provoking and an interesting, entertaining read.
By Linda's Book Bag TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Ade audits big business accounts, but when she encounters Webster, her life is dramatically changed.

What a thought provoking read Ardent Justice is, especially as, by the end, I’m not convinced justice has really been severed morally. I’ve been thinking hard about the issues raised and have had to reassess my own views about society as a result. In Ade’s place I’m still not sure what I would do and some of my assumptions about what is morally right have been challenged by reading Ardent Justice. One response that reading Ardent Justice raised in me quite acutely was a feeling of ignorance. I wondered just how much of the story could really be happening right under our noses. Truth is, after all, stranger than fiction.

Whist potential readers may feel they will be getting a somewhat dry read in a book described as having a ‘strong social message’, they would be wrong. Certainly there are uncomfortable themes of abuse, corruption at all levels and violent behaviour, but these are all presented within dramatic scenes, in a well plotted narrative and offset by friendship and romance so that there is much to enjoy as a very entertaining story too. The sociological aspects are well blended in the narrative so I didn’t feel I was being preached to.

I only had one small issue with the characterisation. With Ade’s education and position in the city, occasionally I found her grammar incongruous. However, this may well have been deliberate with Ade modulating her language better to fit in with those around her. I found Ade feisty and convincing otherwise.

Peter Taylor-Gooby’s style is a pleasure to read. He manages to balance complex compound sentences that build description or Ade’s thoughts, for example, with simple phrases that add a drama that almost startles the reader. There’s a poetic feel in some of the phrasing too and I really enjoyed this aspect. I thought the appeal to the reader’s senses was especially good.

Part thriller, part sociological tract, Ardent Justice is, above all else, a really good story and an entertaining read.

https://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/staff/academic/t-v/taylor-gooby-peter.html

No press coverage has been uploaded for this title

I liked the fact that Taylor-Gooby started in the middle of a dramatic scene, and that there's a strong sense of a real physical place. Also the topics (power, justice, taxation) are universally appealing. And there's a good balance between the narrative stretches and dialogue.I found the voice of the narrator particularly convincing. Finally the main character is highly sympathetic. Paul Bress

by Paul Bress


 

Your Review

Your Name
Please enter your name.

To combat spam, please enter the text opposite into the box below:
Please enter the text:

 

Return to Book List