DREAM LAND, Konstantin’s first 48 hours in Margate. Neither will be the same again.
From the author of best-selling THE FIX, comes an introduction to Konstantin Boryakov, the enigmatic tramp who claims to be ex-KGB and in hiding. A man with a dark past and a darker future.
Konstantin has just arrived in the UK, Margate to be specific, having escaped persecution by the authorities in his own country. The second he steps out of a car he gets into trouble, targeted by local villain Dave the Rave. But Dave chose the wrong man to pick a fight with…
Another new to me author and another shortish blast of some UK grit. We have an interesting setting – Margate, a coastal town; tired and past it’s sell by date. Interesting for me personally, as my wife and her family used to spend their summer holidays there during the late 60’s and 70’s. I went with her for a break there in the 80’s – nostalgia rules, ok; and the year before last as well for a night. We won’t be returning – sad really.
Konstantin is a bit of a mystery. Intriguing and capable, but as yet Nixon only gives us snippets about the Russian with a troubled history. In his fiery dealings with some local dead-beats, Konstantin proves himself more than able to handle the low-life scum and he exhibits a kind heart to boot. What exactly is going on with his daughter? Hopefully I will find out in future installments.
Definitely a character I’m going to get better acquainted with in the future. Nixon has a few more novellas featuring the Russian that precede his full-length novel The Fix.
Plastic Fantastic and Fat Gary are next up before The Fix. How could anyone pass up the chance to read something titled Fat Gary?
All of his stuff is readily available over on Amazon – well worth a look in my opinion.
4 from 5
Keith Nixon’s website/blog is here.
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