IMPRINT: Emma Stern
PUBLICATION DATE: 18/01/2016
Jack Rubin and Malik are chalk and cheese. One an amoral Jewish atheist, tough, fast with his fists, attractive to women; the other a quiet observant Muslim family man. Business is poor and Rubin is thinking of quitting.
Then a man comes to the office and asks that Rubin find his missing wife. He has a photograph of a beautiful young woman. Jack is immediately smitten. The money is good, the job appears to be easy, and Rubin finds the woman attractive.
Soon, Rubin and Malik are up to their necks in intrigue, lies, deception. The man is not the girl's husband. He is involved with crooked businessmen. And the girl, Jessica Connelly, has some sort of secret relationship with John Conteh, a black gangster who has done time.
There is death along the way. It looks as if Conteh has killed more than one person, and is likely to do so again.
In an exciting denouement at Jessica's apartment, Jack is attacked by a knife-wielding Conteh. Rubin is stabbed.
Rubin and Malik are a team to watch. Readable from beginning to end, with some exciting twists along the way.
Jack Rubin is a police officer. He is dismissed after five years, accused of accepting bribes. He sets up in business as a private investigator and soon finds that his main occupation is to collect bad debts and harass vulnerable losers. However, his luck seems to turn when he takes on Mohammed Ali Malik, a Pakistani, as his partner.
Rubin, an atheist from a Jewish family, is a totally amoral tough guy and womaniser, and Malik, a Muslim and family man, loyal, frightened of his own shadow, are chalk and cheese. Yet, in spite of deep differences, their partnership seems to succeed. They have agreed one rule: never to discuss religion - and always to make their own tea and coffee.