Sunburnt MD Keating

Murphy is an unemployed writer who gets drawn into an underworld of crime, drugs, arms, greed and corruption when his estranged, childhood best friend turned successful banker disappears with billions of dollars that don't belong to him.
There is nothing particularly original about the plot of Sunburnt although it hangs together with its own idiosyncratic twists and turns well enough. What makes it interesting is the writing style.
 The Amazon book page says it is written in a "rapid fire literary style" and it certainly is. The pace is fast - even frenetic at times - and the dialogue is sharp and focussed. Scenes change every couple of pages sometimes jumping starkly from one setting to another. It doesn't take long to read Sunburnt which is partly because of the style and partly because you don't want to stop reading because, implausible as it may seem, you want to know what happens next.
Some of the characters are flat and would benefit from a bit more development but the protagonist, Murphy, has a distinct voice which is used well when he is commenting on the plot, a device which is used effectively to drive the plot forward.
The book is supposed to have a "revolutionary new style of story telling" which I don't think is quite accurate. It is like reading a film or play script and if you are used to reading that format you won't have any trouble reading Sunburnt. I think it is written in this format very well indeed although the writer makes you work quite hard. You get enough detail to create the pictures of each scene in your mind but you find yourself filling them out for yourself and I thought this was rather cleverly orchestrated. You draw on films of the genre you've seen already to flesh out the bones the writer has given you.
The author has used both justified and centred text which is a risky layout in an ebook but Keating has made this work and consequently direct speech and narrative are separated in an interesting manner. I always thought one of the rules of writing ebooks was not to write in CAPITALS because this makes the words SCREAM. M.D. Keating breaks this rule on the grand scale but that's because some of the time the characters are screaming - either at each other or about whatever is going on in the plot. And when they are screaming you can almost hear the soundtrack ramping up with it.
Overall I enjoyed reading Sunburnt despite the predictability of the plot and for the  £0.77 that is its current price, it is certainly good value for money.