Ade is a tax-inspector. She believes the money she raises pays for a decent NHS and adequate public services. She hates the City of London, the endless corruption, the bland assumption that tax is for the little people. She hates the casual sexism, the smug self-assurance, the inviolability of the men she deals with, and the cold certainty that nothing you can do will ever touch them.
She meets Paul, an Occupy activist who works with homeless people. As their love for each other grows, they find real fulfilment in fighting for the rights of ordinary people, such as Gemma, a homeless single parent. Then she has a chance to do something of permanent value, but at great cost to her own integrity.
Ardent Justice is a gripping feminist thriller, endorsed by Polly Toynbee, the leading Guardian columnist. It tells the story of Ade’s struggle against the City and for her own integrity, and of her love for Paul, and of how hard it is to live a morally good life in a corrupted world. It has been inspired by Zoe Fairbairns and Lionel Shriver and will appeal to fans of character-led thrillers. Profits will be donated to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well Ardent Justice takes you into the very heart of London’s financial core and one woman’s fight against the big players to pay the taxes they owe, the same as any other working man or woman, in order to fund our NHS, schools and Police force etc.
Ade is a Tax Inspector, a very dedicated woman to her profession, she prepares what she believes to be accurate figures for large corporation tax bills and presents them for payment. Unfortunately and frustratingly for Ade payments just don’t materialise. Large corporations can afford to pay for top accountants to challenge every penny, while others are busying themselves moving funds from business to business and country to country, until although obviously thriving, on paper they are lucky to be scraping through on a daily basis. The obvious pay offs and back handers, in a very male dominated world of City Finance, are topped off for Ade after a disastrous night out with a very influential man.
Peter Taylor-Gooby, the author, is obviously very passionate about this subject and it does heavily reflect in the story through Ade. To be honest though Ade was not a character that I liked. Yes I could understand her to a point but I did not agree at all in the methods that she used to get even. I found, if anything, that she had been pushed over the edge and was completely unstable. She really did put fear into me about how far she would go. Some of the things she did, I felt, she enjoyed too much and the crimes she was committing began to outweigh what she was trying to achieve. So for me it began to lose the impact of why a stand was being made.
I did enjoy this book, that clearly highlighted corruption in big business as well as delivering a very entertaining Robin Hood type story, with an unusual romance that I couldn’t make my mind up was passionate because of what they were doing or because of each other.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My novels deal with how people live their lives in a diverse globalised capitalist world. In ‘Ardent Justice’, Ade struggles against the corruption of the City of London, where high finance and street homelessness flourish cheek by jowl. In ‘The Baby Auction’ Ed and Matt struggle to lead a passionate, humane and generous life in a world dominated by the market.
In my day job I’m an academic. My research shows how market capitalism generates inequalities between haves and have-nots and promotes a corrosive individualism that stunts our capacity for empathy, charity and love.
I enjoy hill-walking, riding my bike, holidays and looking after my grand-daughter (not in that order). I became interested in social policy issues after working on adventure playgrounds, teaching, claiming benefits and working in a social security office in Newcastle. I’ve worked in the UK, most European countries, Canada, the US, China, Korea and Japan, Australia and South Africa.