The Rutland Connection

The Rutland Connection

By Michael Dane

Format: Paperback

(1 customer review)

Publication Date: 28 Oct 2023


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Categories: Crime and Thrillers

ISBN: 9781915853462


Lincoln 1997. Veteran customs investigator Frank McBride has been targeting gangs of drugs smugglers for decades. Taking out John Pyke’s team of Lincoln-based criminals is just another operation until suddenly things become interesting.

Why has Pyke’s team suddenly become so professional? How has it become so adept at evading surveillance? And who is the mysterious figure who is pulling the strings? McBride relishes having found a worthy opponent. But who is he? And what game is he playing?

Michael Butcher wants to know why his grandfather, a retired brigadier living in a tiny Rutland village, has decided to become an international trafficker in narcotics. Involving him in an elaborate game where the price of losing is life in prison.

McBride and the Brigadier become enmeshed in a private duel, but only one of them knows the rules of the game.


Michael Dane spent over ten years as an officer in the Customs and Excise National Investigation Service investigating drug trafficking, VAT fraud and smuggling of all kinds. He later retrained as a lawyer and joined the private sector where he investigated fraud and corruption all over the world. He is retired and lives in the Vale of Belvoir.


Frank Hurst (Guest Review) - 22 May, 2024

The Rutland Connection was an absolute delight to read. Perceptively and amusingly written by an author who clearly knows his subject, with beautifully drawn and totally believable characters. The emotional strain and cut and thrust of a live investigation was palpable and a dramatic ending too. I'm looking forward to the sequel already. Well done Mr Dane!

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