Book Review #67: Russian Roulette by Keith Nixon

Title: Russian Roulette

Author: Keith Nixon

Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication: May 4th 2018

Publisher: Gladius Press


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A reluctant investigator, a sordid English seaside town, a criminal underbelly.

Trouble has a habit of seeking out Konstantin, whether he wants it or not. Starting from the moment he arrives in the seedy seaside town of Margate where he’s supposed to be in hiding from his ex-employers. All Konstantin wants is to keep his head down and be left alone. But it’s not to be. People have their problems and Konstantin can’t help but get involved.

Konstantin has to overcome the drug dealer, the loan shark and a Liverpudlian gangster. Then there’s the so-called good guys, the councilors and lawyers who are worse than the criminals. Enter Fidelity Brown, aka Plastic Fantastic, a dominatrix who has her own mélange of secrets and lies, and nightclub owner Ken who’s connected to all the wrong people. Both help Konstantin solve the cases dropped on his doorstep.

Cue deception, murder, mayhem as the Russian settles into his new life. Margate will never be the same again. And neither will Konstantin…

Meet the enigmatic Konstantin, a man with a dark history and darker future in the start of a unique crime thriller series laced with a healthy dose of black humour. Pick up Russian Roulette to find out what all the fuss is about.




Let me start off by saying this is not a novel but a collection of seven novellas which introduces the readers to the world and life of Konstantin Boryakov.

With that being said, Russian Roulette is the perfect book to get acquainted to our protagonist. I loved the laid back, no non-sense attitude of Konstantin and his kick-ass action scenes were performed to match the movie standards. Seven novellas, with fast-paced, easy to digest chapters which will keep you at the edge of the seat, this book is dark and gritty, showing the side of society most people know about but don’t acknowledge. Konstantin is one such anti-hero I actually loved to read and would definitely would love to read more about. On the outside, he looks like a man who has no morals and will beat his way through. He does enjoying beating up people and the way he does it never seemed to disappoint me. But as I kept reading, I understood that he had a soft side too and was definitely a man of rules and morals. All you have to do in order to stay in his good books is not to mess with him. Once someone messes with him then that person is equal to non-existent. Konstantin is simple and complex, making him a very interesting character to follow.
If you want a hardboiled, closer to reality, action-packed thriller, Russian Roulette is your answer. 


Final verdict:

Russian Roulette by Keith Nixon gets 4 out 5 stars from me.


About the Author:

Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.


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 Thank you to Book On The Bright Side and author Keith Nixon for providing me with the e-book.

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