Troubador Death Benefit

Released: 01/08/2013

ISBN: 9781783061297

Format: Paperback

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Death Benefit


‘The worst thing about doing a stakeout is the pressure it puts on your bladder.’ Until it leads to torture and attempted murder, that is... Larry Di Palma always wanted to be a detective, but he has to make do with the next best thing: fraud investigation for the Benefits Agency. Larry does stakeouts and ‘good cop, bad cop’ interviews; he uses cameras and recording equipment and even runs a useful grass or two. But it’s not a glamorous job: his suspects are petty fraudsters and the informants are paid from petty cash. Even the video equipment came from a local charity shop. But when Larry’s boss orders him to take on a seemingly worthless investigation – and a new and attractive assistant – things take a more serious turn. This one is not just about someone disappearing off the unemployment register, it’s about people disappearing without trace. And anyone who stumbles over the reason for it is in danger of going the same way. Can Larry meet his manager’s targets before he becomes a target himself? And when the killers’ identities finally emerge, how can he protect the two young women he has accidentally involved?

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I really enjoyed this book. The characters are strong, the dialogues great and it had me laughing regularly. It's a really interesting take on the conventional crime fiction as well. By using a main character, who is in an investigator in the benefit office, we get a crime novel outside of the police force setting. This allows for a whole new take on the genre, with a character that finds himself in trouble and out of his depth. Someone who doesn't have the strength of a whole police squad to call on. This is great because you never get that feeling of wanting to shout, 'just call for back up you idiot'.
If your a fan of the genre and want something different, this is really going to provide. It may have a little less action than your used too, but it has a very gripping plot and is beautifully paced. It's definitely a book worth reading. I'm really looking forward to the next Di Palmer novel.

by Ben

Adrian Fayter

Adrian Fayter has been telling himself stories since he was about six years old, although in those days he would run off if anyone else came in earshot. By twenty-one he had started his first novel. Well, three years studying Medieval French literature in Hull hadn’t exactly opened a world of employment opportunity...

Not long afterwards he started teaching English abroad. On balance, his Sudanese pupils probably learned more English than Adrian learned Arabic, but by the end of a year it was hard to tell: everybody was still struggling with the alphabet. Still, you can’t love creative use of language without learning a few foreign ones: Adrian’s proud to know how to ask for the toilets in at least five different languages. His diary of his first year of marriage living and working in Istanbul may one day reach a wider public – if only blogging technology had been available back then...

Back in the UK, Adrian honed his stand up comedy skills as a tour guide on open top buses and brought a human face to the absurd world of unemployment related benefits. His day job now is in careers guidance and he has written for a number of publications in this field. He has been interviewed for BBC Radio York, the Guardian and other media outlets, and has written for the York Press.

Adrian is married with two adopted children. He is an aficionado of classic Japanese motorcycles. One of his favourite writers is Len Deighton, who apparently writes every day, including Christmas. That’s a schedule that Adrian promises himself to achieve one day.

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