On the radar — This week’s report features a welcome return by Hope Road author John Barlow, a collection of spine-chilling short stories from a fantastic group of up-and-coming crime writers, and two rather interesting debuts.
Father and Son by John Barlow
Back in January last year, we reviewed John Barlow’s crime fiction debut, Hope Road. That novel introduced readers to John Ray, the Cambridge educated son of an established crime boss who is trying to sever his gangland ties and lead a normal life. Father and Son sees him investigating the seemingly motiveless murder of one of his father’s old associates. There’s only one problem hampering this case – nobody wants to talk to the police. Sounds like the perfect investigation for John to be involved in. After all, he’s a man with a foot in both camps. Going by the title it could be a great one for Father’s Day on Sunday and it’s only £1.74 on Kindle at the moment.
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Tomorrow City by Kirk Kjeldsen
This novel opens in New York City with the bungled robbery of an armoured car, which results in protagonist Brendan Lavin deciding to start a new life in Shanghai. Twelve years later, Brendan has settled into his new life and is starting a family. So when a former colleague turns up with a plan to rob a wealthy diamond merchant, he’s not keen to join in. However, when his family and new identity are threatened, Brendan has no choice but to get involved but will he lose everything he’s built up in the process? Tomorrow City is out now.
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Midas by Dominic Ranger
British readers of a certain age may be familiar with TV presenter Christopher Lillicrap who appeared on We’ll Tell You A Story, Flicks and Numbertime. Now he is making his crime fiction debut with the financial thriller Midas, using the pen-name Dominic Ranger. Alan Marks, newly bankrupt and recently separated, discovers he has access to limitless amounts of money when he inserts his bank card into the local ATM machine in Farborough, Hampshire. The first question is: where’s it coming from? The second: does he care? Top fraud investigator Garry MacAllister works at the bank’s head office and he’s just made a nightmare discovery – a Midas scheme has been activated. Money is being taken out but the bank has no means of tracking what accounts it’s coming from nor who is behind the scam. Garry is on Midas’ trail, but unfortunately for Alan, he isn’t the only one looking for him. It’s out 1 July.
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The Perfect Murder
Finally, publisher Avon brings you a collection of short stories and extracts from forthcoming novels by five authors including Jacqui Rose (Taken), Mark Sennen (Touch), Laurence O’Bryan (The Istanbul Puzzle, The Jerusalem Puzzle), and former Crime Fiction Lover contributor Luca Veste (Liverpool 5), whose debut novel, Dead Gone is out in 2014. This Kindle release can be found on Amazon and we’re told will be permanently available as a free download.
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