Book Review: The Catskinner – by Ross Clarke (pen-name rcheydn) “… on a par with Ken Follett … highly recommended.”

Book review of The Catskinner

The Catskinner, by Ross Clarke, (pen-name rcheydn) is a novel on a par with Ken Follett. In this story, Hong Kong is on the cusp of passing legislation that will change the course of its history, as the thriving metropolis, built on trade, capitalism and democracy for over a century, now faces a change of guard with Britain returning the region to China, a communist master. Clarke, a former journalist who tamped the streets of Hong Kong in his career, not only in journalism but as a public relations consultant to politicians and diplomats, betrays his intense knowledge of the region. The descriptive verses depict Hong Kong with such vivid color and tangible mental-perception, that one feels the grime and filth which sits juxtaposition to the luxury and wealth; one senses the vibrant awakenings as day breaks, as the streets suddenly fill with vendors, tourists, a literal throng of humanity. In this story, truly a suspenseful thriller, the author takes the very real and historical happenings of that time, as over five million people await the decisions that will not only affect their lives, but the lives of their children for generations to come, and casts the reader on a thrill ride, following the Catskinner, a brutal murderer and madman intent on exacting his vengeance. The story is meaty, and well-developed. The characters are real and relatable, and one certainly feels their pain and frustration as the pages march on. Clarke’s writing is mature and animated, spiced with wonderful metaphors and descriptive phraseology that paints pictures in one’s mind and forces one to read on in order to find out what happens. The Catskinner is highly recommended for readers of thrillers, suspense, mystery and crime.

Review by author Réal Laplaine