Broken

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Pub Date 01 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2022

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Nick Harding has a new case. Actually, two of them.

A very rich old dude is about to kick off and is desperate to make amends with his estranged son. Nick is contacted by the old guy’s lawyer with a task: Find the son, convince him to get in contact with his father, and help mediate the relationship.

Nick hates mediating.

That same day a friend of a friend engages him to track down a serial deadbeat who has bilked a small financial services company out of millions of dollars. The fee is lower, but the job is more up Nick’s alley.

Then the heir’s life is threatened, the deadbeat has a compelling backstory and everything Nick thought he knew was wrong.


Nick Harding has a new case. Actually, two of them.

A very rich old dude is about to kick off and is desperate to make amends with his estranged son. Nick is contacted by the old guy’s lawyer with...


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I would like to thank Netgalley and Beach Nut Press for an advance copy of Broken, the second novel to feature Sydney based PI Nick Harding.

Nick gets two cases in the one day, a struggle, but ably aided by Davie, his computer guy, he manages to work them both. The first one is to help the dying Lawrence Goulding find and reconcile with his younger son, Gareth. In the second case a financial company asks him to find a conman, who has been systematically defrauding them for years using a variety of fake names and credit histories.

I thoroughly enjoyed Broken, which is a fun read with some great twists and turns. The plot is a bit silly and that seems to be a feature of the series, so not to be taken too seriously, but the misdirection in the way the author turns what the reader assumes to be truth into falsity is clever and very moreish.

The novel runs at a fast pace with regular developments and a certain amount of fisticuffs with Nick often coming off second best. This is a nice touch that makes him more endearing. It is not a long novel, so there isn’t much wasted, especially as the points of view include the bad guys as well as Nick. It’s interesting and a solid reminder not to believe everything you are told.

Much of the fun in the novel comes from Nick and Davie’s interactions. They are so normal and down to earth that most readers will be able to identify with them, whether it’s Davie’s joy at homemade shortbread or Nick’s frustration at the limits of battery life in his electric car. They’re beer and pizza type guys who are more competent than they present.

Broken is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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