Turbulence is a vivid crime novel of mine that was published by Fahrenheit Press in June 2021.
The story explores the rippling effects of an armed robbery in a Hertfordshire town, written from the viewpoints of multiple characters touched by the crime.
Offering a powerful insight into the wide scope of human vulnerability, this book unmasks how one shocking incident and its turbulent aftermath can connect people from a variety of backgrounds, and how it shapes and haunts them all in different ways.
Its crisp prose and high tempo with a noir, literary edge is influenced by writers such as Elmore Leonard, Elizabeth Strout, Patricia Highsmith, Cormac McCarthy and Willy Vlautin.
Here is the book’s blurb:
Accidentally shooting a civilian during a bungled heist was bad enough, but when they upset the local criminal kingpin as a result of their ineptitude, newbie bank-robbers Birty & Cole figured the best thing to do was split town, and fast.
Smart plan – at least it was till everything went south, again.
An armed robbery is an unusual event which affects the lives of everyone touched by it and in this tour de force Paul Gadsby traces the lines of influence and connection that run through the lives of the people unwittingly caught up in Birty & Cole’s heist.
The story is woven through the lives and perspectives of many characters – everyone from the bank staff and customers who witnessed the raid, to the journalists covering the case.
This remarkable novel from Brit-Noir legend Paul Gadsby ignores the usual crime fiction tropes of ‘robbers on the run’ and instead becomes a vivid study into cause & effect that will keep you gripped until the very last ripple fades away.[Top]