Ian Lomond – Death Investor

Ian Lomond is a new crime fiction writer of the Reid and Kidman series. Ian draws on his experiences as a resident of Sydney and a career in technology working in the police and justice sector.

He writes with an empathy and understanding of the human condition with thoughtful one-liners such as the self talk of one of the detectives Reid – “own your emotion, calm down.”

Anyone who knows or lives in the streets of Sydney will identify with the suburb descriptions, the roads travelled upon and the people in these locations.

It is very easy to visualise the homeless people of the the Cross, the cyclists in Pyrmont, the runners and prams on the Bay Run, empty factories along the banks of the Lane Cover River, the McMansions of Northwest Sydney, mansions in Vaucluse, the fibros of Western Sydney and of course how to dodge the traffic and freeway tolls of the Sydney roads.

Ian provides clear insight into the workspaces of those working in the technology and innovations sector with open spaces, table tennis tables, lounges, scooters dotting the room as a mean fo car-less transport and hip clothes and hairstyle. You attain a greater appreciation of the daily coffee of the police through to the takeaway meals and working shift hours.

There are windows into the private life of Reid, married with two children living in the north west of Sydney, and Kidman in his one bedroom unit in Glebe. Kidman has years of instinct to work from and Reid equally competent and building her instinct for the criminal mind and circumstances.

There is a cool arrangement of police characters young /old, new to the service/ experienced, those driven by data and evidence through to those initially acting on instinct and there are those finding their feet.

There are wonderful insights into technology. I particularly like the way the criminals communicated with each other with out communication with each other so their messages would not be tracked.

In the novel two charactacters have the same email accounts in different locations and they communicate through drafts so messages are not sent between each other – very clever insights for the reader.

Then there is the unique way ‘lost’ data is retrieved through an understanding how syncing works with cloud storage in products like DropBox. Finally, then there is all the technology related to the plot.

An innovation centre is located at Lane Cove and a man is found dead in a car park after his pitch about tracking software. Two people find him, are interviewed and their lives are involved in the story.

There are the privacy issues in relation to a tracking device that knows your movements, spending habits, with the hope it can be monetised for business. Surrounding this is the murder in Sydney which needs to be solved

The books is an easy read, moving from person to person place to place in Sydney. I have a good knowledge of Sydney I could easily see where the characters were through the description and focused my attention and interest. It would be an equally good read for a guest to the city as all the key landscapes are featured.

I don’t read too much that keeps me reading till 2:00am in the morning but this was achieved by Death Investor: who would kill for privacy. Thanks Ian.


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